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Old 04-03-2014, 11:45 PM   #1
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I keep getting diatoms

This is really frustrating me at this point. The tank has been up since October 1. I was buying RO/Di water for top off and noticed diatoms within a day for a few months. I realized what t probably was (the stores water), so last week I purchased an RO/DI unit. I made about 4 gallons of "test" water and threw it out before making water I would use. The TDS meter indicates 0 coming on and 2xx coming in. Over the last few days, the diatoms have been crazy again. I have no idea what Im doing wrong or whats causing it. Over the last two weeks, I have added a new skimmer and two units of chemipure elite.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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What kind of sand did you use?
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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Tropic Eden reef flakes.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:05 PM   #4
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You sure it's diatoms and not hair algae? Have you tested your water?
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100% diatoms. It wipes right off and sometimes just disappears overnight. Phosphats are less then .02
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My guess would be your sand had a lot of silicates for some reason. I believe there are some phosphate medias that also absorb silicates, maybe give that a try.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:54 PM   #7
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What length of time do you leave your lights on for also what's your feeding routine is possible with my have to do one of those contributing towards it.
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Lights ramp up for an hour and 15 minutes starting at 11:30AM, full ramp by 12:45PM. Ramp down at 5:30PM - 6:30PM. Blues until 10:30PM. Moonlight (1% royal blue and red) until 2:30AM, then off. I feed once or twice a day
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can you shorten your photoperiod by 1 or 2 hrs? i believe it's more than you need. also, what are you feeding and the portion size?
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100% diatoms. It wipes right off and sometimes just disappears overnight. Phosphats are less then .02
Phosphates and diatoms don't have anything in common. You are thinking silicates from the sand. If the sand is being disturbed somewhere in the tank, it could be the source of it.
In terms of it disappearing overnight, this isn't a diatom behavior I'm familiar with personally, but does sound like a light coating of cyano in this behavior.
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