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Old 08-20-2012, 12:21 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Blakskall
I think im going to get a salifert silicate test kit to see if it is diatoms.. Narrow down the options, i do have rather high nitrates right now.. I believe my tank is cycled, i just didnt want to do a pwc in case it was diatoms to let them die off. But if the silicate is zero, ill consider replacing my filters in my rodi unit
I wouldnt worry about spending the money on the test kit. Im pretty sure its diatoms, if it were cyano you would know it by now and your would see a slimy stringiness to it. Unbound silicate is all that kit will test for. It will not test the silicate in the sand where the diatoms are feeding off it.

If your concerned about your RO/DI filters then o suggest you use the money on a TDS meter instead of the test kit. If you have anything but ZERO TDS then you need a filter(s) change.

If you have Zero TDS the your water is silicate free along with everything else.

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5 gallon, 55 gallon, diatom, diatoms

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