Damn diatoms! When will they go away?

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Moved livestock over to a new tank about 3 weeks ago. For the last 2 weeks i've had a diatom outbreak. I'm sure this is probably because I didn't use the same substrate, was all new.

When will it go away?
 

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Moved livestock over to a new tank about 3 weeks ago. For the last 2 weeks i've had a diatom outbreak. I'm sure this is probably because I didn't use the same substrate, was all new.

When will it go away?
Another week
 

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Also, you'll note that with every significant water change there will most probably be a small diatom bloom - my guess is from some of the nutrients in the new salt mix.
 

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Hey Matt, learn some patience fella;)

Just a thought:lol:

All you can do is to ensure your water conditions are spot on, they will go....soon:razz:
 

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Hi Matt, I have the same prob, my subsrate looks horrible, my tank is cycling now for about 9 days ? when did you see yours and when did it disappear ????
 

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quick question. when diatoms appear. is it wise to just rake the sand a bit and loosen all the diatoms off, then place a bit of filterwool on overflow for a day or so? catch all the crap?
 

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good question ??? i dont know what to do ?? they all say it will disappear after the cycle ??? I hope ???? my substrate was nice and white ???
 

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sammy don't worry it'll go away. mine started going away, did a water change and came back again (as expected) let your tank mature. it looks crap i know... super manky brown shit !!
 

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hey guys, got the same issue. my tank is coming up on 3 weeks old now.
my diatoms started about a week in. had high pho's to start off with tho.
my tank looks like the elements have had thier way with it. but i have seen it happen before when my mate started up his tank, (using reggies play sand). took a little over 3 weeks and it seems his are on the way out.
otherwise. vasbyt!
if you dont have patience, this hobby will teach it to you very quicky!
 

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cool, chaps, you are giving hope, i hope my nice expensive aragonite will all clear up to what it was before ????
 

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i hope my super cheap reggies sand will clear up like it use to ;)
 

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Hi Chaps, can you post a pick. It would help to see what you are talking about ;)
 

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Sammy, that is a light dusting, i've seen and had much worse, keep your params spot of and adjust your flow to keep it down (but don't cause a sand storm) also run some rowaphos to keep the P04 down to zero.
 

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Hi Guys,

Diatoms seem to be disappearing fast ???? Is this an indication that my cycle is ending ? Tank now 3 weeks into cycle ?
 

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Hi Guys,

Diatoms seem to be disappearing fast ???? Is this an indication that my cycle is ending ? Tank now 3 weeks into cycle ?
It is a very good indication thet the tank is not only cycling, but that you also have good quality water, check your perams, they should be pretty good.
 

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