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Old 10-13-2014, 08:14 PM   #51
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It could just be diatoms. They go away with time.It is an indication that your tank may be either nearing the end of the cycle or the cycle is complete.

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Old 10-14-2014, 01:29 PM   #52
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It could just be diatoms. They go away with time.It is an indication that your tank may be either nearing the end of the cycle or the cycle is complete.

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Do I not need to do anything if it is diatoms? From what it looks like I think it is. Should I go ahead and get a CUC to help keep it clean?
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Last night I put my Phos Guard in a fluval bag and put it in my canister filter to run on my tank until the algae is gone. I'm also keeping the lights off on the tank until I see the diatoms start to disappear. Hoping this will help get rid of the diatoms and my tank will soon look beautiful!
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:36 PM   #54
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Diatom Bloom!

Well it's been an entire week and I still have a huge diatom bloom! Or what I think is one. My params are 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrate, 10 Nitrate. My Phos is down about 1/2 way to .32. I'm using the Phos Guard in my canister filter. How long do you think it will take for the diatom bloom to go away or is there something that I should do to get rid of it?
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I am sorry I do not really have any advice to remove the diatoms.I haven't had any experience with it yet. if your tank is cycled maybe try a large wc. Good luck!
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:26 PM   #56
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it's something that every new tank goes thru
it will go away in time but you can help it along also
bigger water changes and gently suck up the top layer on the sand just try to get the nasty s not the sand
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Can't stand it anymore!

Well the crazy brown algae is out of control and I can't stand it!!! I'm going to do another wc this weekend and I'm going tonight to buy some snails. The tank is so UGLY!!!

Water is still testing good. Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Trates 10
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What type of sand did you use?
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:38 PM   #59
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What type of sand did you use?
I used CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Sand. I'm starting to see tiny orange and black worms coming out of the sand now too.

I used liverock I got from a tank at Petco.

The tank was perfectly clean for 2-3 weeks and then BAM I had diatoms and its gotten worse. There is also some green algae on a few of the rocks but not bad.
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Conches are good at eating diatoms


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