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Old 08-05-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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What's the best way to handle diatoms?

This quite funny, just yesterday I didn't have diatoms yet and today after getting home from the foot doctor it's all over the tank (Only left the house for 1 Hour), almost like somebody turned on a light switch or something. What is the best approach to handling them?
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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I thought I read somewhere on here that they will eventually burn themselves out. Just give it some time, as soon as quickly as they arrive, they will just as quickly dissipate.
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Just as r312h said, they will burn themselves out.
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Thanks guys, would it be a good idea to hit the affected areas with a Turkey baster and have the skimmer pick it up?
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I would just leave it alone. If it really bothers you that much you can try, but they will most likely reappear in that spot again.
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Thanks Thom, I guess these are the signs of forward progress.
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No problem. Unsightly signs of progress they are......
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This quite funny, just yesterday I didn't have diatoms yet and today after getting home from the foot doctor it's all over the tank (Only left the house for 1 Hour), almost like somebody turned on a light switch or something. What is the best approach to handling them?
Keith the exact same thing happened to me. One minute I had a perfectly nice clean looking tank and the next I look and it was taken over by Diatoms. The substrate, LR, glass, and even my magfloat! They stuck around for a week or so but after that disappeared and burned themselves out like everyone told me. What I would do though on a daily basis was the obvious of cleaning the glass, nothing you could do with the LR, and I would take my pump and slightly vacuum the substrate a little bit - not too much but what I did took care of the problem temporarily. They finally went away after a week or so and then the coraline started coming in and took over the ugly brown the Diatoms had left on the LR and turned all my LR into awesome looking greens and reds and purples!
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Keith the exact same thing happened to me. One minute I had a perfectly nice clean looking tank and the next I look and it was taken over by Diatoms. The substrate, LR, glass, and even my magfloat! They stuck around for a week or so but after that disappeared and burned themselves out like everyone told me. What I would do though on a daily basis was the obvious of cleaning the glass, nothing you could do with the LR, and I would take my pump and slightly vacuum the substrate a little bit - not too much but what I did took care of the problem temporarily. They finally went away after a week or so and then the coraline started coming in and took over the ugly brown the Diatoms had left on the LR and turned all my LR into awesome looking greens and reds and purples!
I'll leave mother nature to her thing and just clean the glass so we can see the bosses specimens.
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