Diatoms

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  1. brentnorm

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    Got a really bad diatom outbreak, whats the best way to handle it ?
     
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    time. or water changes.

    whats been the cause of it do you know?
     
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    Removed ceramic rings and carbon bags.
     
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    did you do it all at once and thus your bilogical filtration took a knock in the process, leading to a diatoms bloom?

    i personally would just ride the storm, it will soon disspate and your tank will be back to normal. A bacterial dosage would probbaly help though.
     
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    also its been a very long time since i saw an update on your tank thread, give us some pics will ya:)
     
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    As soon as the diatoms disappear I will post some new pics. Haven't put much new in it though.
     
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    Yes, I did it all at once and presumed it was that which caused the problem. I was just hoping I could speed the process up. Don't like the brown mess.
     
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    well you could dose with a bacterial product, but personally id ride the storm, diatoms normally receed fairly quickly but how long has it been so far?
     
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    ps are u sure its diatoms and not cyano?
     
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    Would prodibio help then? It's been about 10 days.
     
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    Yip, definitely not cyano.
     
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    yes it probably would although id personally go with special blend.

    10 days isnt long realy, see how it goes i am sure they will stat to die off soon enough:)
     
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    I agree with Crispin, Try ride it out , but if you wanna dose bacterial products id also go with Special Blend.
     
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    What does it mean when there are what looks like air bubbles coming off the green algae on my rocks ?
     
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    Diatoms rely on silicates to form their skeletons and usually appear as a light brown, transparent film on your glass which easily comes off with a glass magnet. Remove the silicates and your diatoms are gone. Most phosphate sponges usually adsorbs silicates along with phosphates. Just check which brand does that. Bacteria additions wont help as diatoms arent algae
     
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