Diatoms, my nemesis
What's up TPT,
Over the past months, I have read about people's woes with BGA, BBA, Thread and hair algaes. I want to shed light on my worst enemy in this hobby. DIATOMS. I don't get it but it seems I manage to reinitialize them in my tank. First time I got my 2.5 month long bloom I knew it was my fault. I had essentially stirred the substrate. So yea i deserved that. Just a few days ago I noticed a bit of browning around some leaves.
Now, my Hydrocytle Tripartia is always my first sign of attack since the brown appears very easily against the light green leaves. Its been 2 months of good growth in the tank and now wth, diatoms just decided DGAF, im moving in. The only possible thing I can say I did was yes I trimmed the Hydrocytle last week and pulled up a bit a substrate but not enough to have aquasoil dropping off. If anything the water had some particles floating in it.
So my question is, who also hates diatoms, does biological filtration play into them coming back, how do people quickly get rid of it, and how easy are they to re induce?
P.S. Spread is relatively slow right now, but if I see it spread to a clean leaf I have identified as my current base case, im going to 48 hr blackout. Last time, that's what did it for me.