Not to Hijack a thread (Don't want to start a new one, being this has the title of the question I need answered), but I have a problem with what I think are diatoms as well. I had the same thing on my glass. The weird part is that when you look right at it, you can't see it. I found it by looking at the side view of my tank and seen it on the front of my glass. How long does it take for a Diatom bloom to die off? I can't put a cleaning crew in because I got a puffer, Hawkfish, and a Six Line wrasse. So they will eat everything. I do have 5 hermit craps and one peppermint shrimp that are being left alone. They were in the tank before the fish!
I cleaned it of course and got all of it off my glass. It's on my rocks, mostly on the very top rocks that is closest to the light. My lights are programed to come on at 11am and turn off at 9pm. Is this too long being I am trying to kill the diatom bloom? If I left the lights off for all day and turned them on just for an hour or two for feeding, would that hurt my fish in anyway? Just until the Diatoms are gone.
How long does it normally take for my rocks to get the nice looking colors? I got a little bit of green and pink coming in, but it's a small little dot that is barely viable, but it's a start right? My tank has been up for three months, water conditions are fine with everything at 0 and PH at 8.2. I am also waiting for my new heater being my Aqueon keeps it at 80 degrees even if I turn it down to 76 where I want it. :-/
Fish Sticks, the best thing you can do with your dead fish.