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Old 07-22-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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I need help with diatom bloom

Hey about a week and a half ago i noticed brown algae on live rock
well it keeps growing im noticing it all over tank starting now is there anything i can do????
I have water all mixed up ready to do a 20% change hopefully that helps
Also i noticed some white stuff growing on top of diatom algae on live rock what is it????
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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Diatoms tend to come and go as they please. Is this a new tank? If so, it's all part of the normal process. new tanks are high in silicates from the fresh silicone used to seal the tank edges. Diatoms thrive in silicate-rich environments. If all part of "New Tank Syndrome" to let them consume the silicates.

You may also have silicates in your source water. Some believe that running phosban or GFO will help to remove the silicates from the water, but I haven't been able to prove this yet.
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Its not a new tank though i actually was using it for a freshwater tank for about 4 years before i started the salt water one a month ago or so i drained freshwater and put saltwater in then away i went....
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will changing 20% of water help??
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:12 PM   #5
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Just let nature take it's course (Let the diatoms burn themselves out).
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I agree, it will go away, nothing to worry about.
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