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Old 04-29-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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What is that rusty looking algae?

Just wanted to know what is that rusted looking algae that grows on the equipment in the tank? eg powerheads. i also hav a big of algae on the back glass is this ok to have?

Also i have decided to get my nitrates down to get a AKS product and take out the bioballs and put a deep sand bed layer in there. lets hope this gets rid of it as im going crazy. haha
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like diatoms. They are common in new tanks. They are fueled by silicate usually. Are you using tap or RO/DI as your water source? Tap water can be a source of both nitrate and silicate.
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i am using tap water. have tested it for nitrates before and after mixing the salt into it and there is no nitrates in the water i thought that before.

Also what is silicate. never heard of it.

Do we think the deep sand bed in this hang on thingy will work? or at least help?
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Also what is silicate. never heard of it.
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...03/feature.htm

A DSB is not going to help if your introducing silicate through your source water. You will need to switch to RO or RO/DI water. It may go away w/ time, but since your using tap water it's hard to say.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:07 PM   #5
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hmm ok thanks for that mt79 ill have to look into this now then. none of my lfs said anything about silicate. ill read up on this and see what i can come up with. THANKS HEAPS.
ps where do i get RO or RO/DI water from?

could silicate be increasing my nitrates? or is silicate only related to diatoms??
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Some LFS or chains such as Walmart here in the US sell RO or RO/DI water. You can buy an RO/DI unit for your house. It can be plumbed into your sink or you can buy an adapter to attach it to the faucet only when needed. Many people on this forum have bought their RO/DI units off ebay for around $100-125 and are happy w/ them. I not sure the exact brand/seller though.
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could silicate be increasing my nitrates? or is silicate only related to diatoms??
AFAIK they are independent of each other. Are you having issues w/ nitrate?
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yes still. it has come down a little but just cant seem to shake it. is it possible to do like a water change like every second day for a week to see if i can get rid of it?
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I assume you started a thread about it. If so, I don't remember the specifics of your tank set up and problem. Have you figured out what is causing them? Heavy feedings, overstocking, dirty mechanical filters or media, ...? You must eliminate the source to fix the problem. Generally frequent, large PWC's w/ NO3 free water are good for reducing NO3. When doing that it is even more important that you match the parameters of the new water to that of the tank.
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ok then. cool. well ill give it a go. frequent ones. i think its coming from the canister filter. im slowly removing the bioballs and replacing with LR rubble. so ill see how it goes when i finish that cheers MT
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If I remember correctly, your tank is done cycling so you can expect the bloom to come and then be gone overnight. Sometimes it takes a day or more. Can you get a pic?
I bought this RO/DI, in the US, but it will give you an idea:
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-6-stage-100-...QQcmdZViewItem
Make sure you get the RO and DI.
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