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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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diatoms after water change

did a 50% water change (20 gallons) on sunday with DIY python, treated water with aqua safe b4 adding water. the next day i noticed brown algea on half of my plants. tank has been up for about 8 months. never had brown algea b4 using bucket method now i do. any ideas why?



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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
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nothin? im just trying to understand why it happened or would happen after the first water change with the DIY python instead of bucket method. seems kinda wierd to me.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 02:56 PM
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I think that is not the reason.
Did you clean your substrate?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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yes i vaccumed the gravel the same way as always.
i did rescape the tank 2 weeks ago but did 1 WC/gravel vac without incident then the next WC with python and diatoms showed up.
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yes i vaccumed the gravel the same way as always.
i did rescape the tank 2 weeks ago but did 1 WC/gravel vac without incident then the next WC with python and diatoms showed up.
i'm like 99% sure the python had nothing to do with it atless there was lots a gunk stuck inside of the python.
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i had just made it that night it was rinsed very well (15 mins water running through it constant).

probably not the cause but its the only thing different from normal routine
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i think it is just a coincidence
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What's your water source?

I suspect that there's been a change in your water. Phosphates are a possibility...

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well thanks guys i guess ill just cut back on the feeding amount for a week or so and see what happens..
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What's your water source?

I suspect that there's been a change in your water. Phosphates are a possibility...
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What's your water source?

I suspect that there's been a change in your water. Phosphates are a possibility...
if by source you mean bathroom sink then thats it.

other than that im waiting to receive water params from city water facility
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Things are added to tap water a couple times a year,you will never know when or how much.
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