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post #31 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 03:00 AM
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This algae is a common form of diatom algae - very common in new aquariums with new bio filter media / carbon etc (almost always a certainty to occur).

If left too long alone, it will become a growth bed for green algae and become significantly more difficult to remove.

The solution is to manually remove as much as you can during a water change, and add as many Amano shrimp as you can (15 are recommended for a 20 gallon tank). The algae should clear within 24-48 hours.
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post #32 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 03:03 AM
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You may be right, I am no expert for sure...consider looking at some saltwater reef forms as they deal with "algea" with similar appearence, which they consider diatomatic. In there experiences, silicates enter the environment through both water change and in-tank methods. IMO if it was an algea, you would have been bombed with can responses for dealing with it by now...
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