|08-13-2012 08:14 AM|
|08-13-2012 08:00 AM|
|alphabeatsco||what exactly is silicates?|
|08-13-2012 06:25 AM|
Here's an interesting article about diatoms. It's written for saltwater tanks, but the basic concepts apply to freshwater. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=60144
|08-13-2012 03:20 AM|
|okapizebra||Diatoms are usually in a tank until they have eaten all the excess silicates in the tank.|
|08-13-2012 02:50 AM|
diatoms don't like intense light.
but an efficient bio filtration system usually prevents diatoms
|08-13-2012 02:32 AM|
|fplata||How old is your carbon? I know some folks will not agree with me here, but carbon seems to help me here|
|08-13-2012 02:26 AM|
|08-13-2012 02:22 AM|
|fplata||What filtration media do you use?|
|08-13-2012 02:17 AM|
thats what i've been doing.
but I am not sure what causes diatoms in the first place.
|08-13-2012 02:13 AM|
Sorry, scrubbing and Otocinclus are the only two methods I am aware of.
|08-13-2012 02:09 AM|
yes i have them in my other tanks, they are doing a great job.
but I also have a shrimp tank, which doesnot have them.
is there any way to prevent it ?
|08-13-2012 01:54 AM|
Otocinclus, they eat it like it is candy. I usually use one per 20 gallons and in a week or two the diatoms are gone. Otocinclus are also good at eating soft, flat, green algae types.
|08-13-2012 01:35 AM|
I've been running my tank for close to 9 months now.
everything is fine.
dosing ada fertilizers according to their instructions...
I change 50% water every week religiously. Is there any reason why I would start to grow diatoms close to end of week?
Once I scrub the tank and change water on Sunday, it'll be fine until around Thursday, then diatoms start to grow on the side of glass.
any suggestions???? i've tried to shorter the length of light & reduce fertilizers, still same.