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Old 12-16-2011, 09:28 PM   #641
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Sounds like a plan for success to me. I had very minor diatoms right after my cycle. Then they cleared up when I added my PH. Now, with my upgraded T5 lighting, it's on the top of all my LR, UV light, and protein skimmer... Snails and hermits are putting a hurt on it but not keeping up... Sump is starting up this weekend once I'm off work so I'll be cleaning up the filters and such and moving them over...one problem area gone from under my lights. With my sump equipment came my second powerhead that will be blowing across the very area where my outbreak is starting. So that should solve it.

Just keep ontop of it, I let work get in the way and it got ahead of me.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:03 PM   #642
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Oh I didn't know water flow decreased diatoms, interesting. I can already see a very noticeable difference in my tanks clarity, it's crazy how well filter floss and a little carbon works. I know what you mean by letting stuff get ahead of you, it happened to me last year with my fresh planted.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:07 PM   #643
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God love carbon. And in my case, god love being able to piece together an old one from your old freshwater stuff and that 10 year old carbon still has an effect. Though, it is only a 10 gallon compatable filter on my 36 gal it is keeping up. Just this week I tossed the bag of carbon that came with my coral order into the filter with my already going carbon filter. Borderline pristine.
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Yep, and it takes the smell away from the skimmer slightly. Good stuff.
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Skimmer hasn't even skimmed anything yet in my case...
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:47 PM   #646
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Yep lol I can smell that nastiness from far away. And sniper, is there anything that would cause it to skim. They don't need to skim if there is just some water in it. It takes out excess nutrients. No skimmate for a reason is good. If you do have stuff in it, adjust the air intake.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:23 PM   #647
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Update

Carbon is my best friend!! It pretty much completely cleared up the diatom problem almost over night. Just a little on the sand and glass.
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Carbon is my best friend!! It pretty much completely cleared up the diatom problem almost over night. Just a little on the sand and glass.
What? So cool! So what do you use? Carbon and purigen??
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Just activated carbon. It is picture worthy now so I might start posting some more in the near future..
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Just activated carbon. It is picture worthy now so I might start posting some more in the near future..
Oh cool! Whats it cost? Does it just come in a package thing?

Adam, it has always been picture worthy! Your just a perfectionist
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