Diotom Eating Machine

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  1. shaunn

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    hi ALL

    What animal do i need to get that will eat diotoms like it there last meal

    i have alreddy 3 turbo snails 3 hemits and some hijacker slugs.
     
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  3. FransSny

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    Best is to get rid of the problem , remember it is part of the process and will normally dissapear as water quality and stability increases. However these guys live off diatoms.....you would however have to catch it as its local:

    One for the locals - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
  4. shaunn

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    may be i wil get a sea hare my LFS sells them for R90 a pice
     
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    Most sea hares are grazers on filamentous and fleshy algea
     
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    Sea Hares are abundant in various coastal tidal pools, but they come with a warning.... If they get caught in a pump or jammed in your sump etc.. be ready for removing straight away!! they let out a poison that will kill tank inhabitants:eek:
     
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    why do you need anything to deal with diatoms? they dissapear with decent husbandry and care of your system.

    a sea hare is a very poor choice of inhabitant if you want to controll diatoms, aside from the fact that they graze on algae and need a massive amount to eat, they run the risk of inking if stressed (new tank by the sound of it so its a real risk) or realeaseing toxins if harmed.

    deal with the underlying issues causing the diatoms, dont knee jerk a controll for them
     
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    Diatoms is a part of the maturation process that nobody talks about. there will also be a cyano phase and an algae phase and then your tank will settle down
     
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    I pressume you have diatoms on your sand. Which is normal for a new tank. Sea Hare will not graze on the sandy areas. They prefer the rocky areas and totally prefer long hair algae. It is a very complex animal, it either eats the hair algae or moves over the rock and finally starve. They blend in with live rock colouring so there's no way you can keep tabs on where it is in your tank. By the time you realise something is wrong........ :012:.
     
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    You have a silicate problem which diatoms use to build their skeleton. Use a brand of phosphate remover which removes silicates as well as phosphates
     
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    ok then you all have made your points i will not get a sea hare
     
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    Seachem phosgaurd will remove silicates. Give it a shot. Its not expensice either.
     
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    some good info shared.. the objective here is to point out the problem not treat the sysmptom.. in some cases it may necessitate the introduction of a lifeform to controll a problem BUT, once the problem is brought under controll you then need to supplement the diet of the animal introduced to keep it living..

    sometimes it is better to wait things out.. as anoying as it may be :)
     
  15. shaunn

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    i am running that @ the moment
     
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    my Regal tnag seams to like eating the ditoms
     
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    Sorted:)
     
  18. pXius

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    Hmmmm. For how long now? Is it in a high flow area?
     
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    its running in a reactor 1 week
     
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    How much do you have in the reactor and whats your water volume?

    Remember, patients is the name of the game in this hobby. After a year if reefing you'll be calm through a one-night-stand's pregnency test.
     
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    i have about 350 grams in a phosban 150 reactor and my water volume is aprox 400L
     
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