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fishkeeper01 04-14-2013 06:43 AM

Desperately Fighting Diatoms
 
So in my quest to find a solution to this problem, i've heard suggestions of testing my water at saltwater shops, has anyone heard of them or what i can get to test my water for phosphates and silicates? Also has anyone had any luck eradicating/controlling them? If so how? Also my tanks are not new, and i would like to find a way other than buying otos or plecs. Please help i'm desperate.

taniner 04-14-2013 07:29 AM

would you mind posting a picture of your tank and maybe a close up shot of the problem?

fishkeeper01 04-14-2013 07:37 AM

sure thing i'll try to post some tomorrow

daboss808 04-14-2013 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by fishkeeper01 (Post 3117305)
So in my quest to find a solution to this problem, i've heard suggestions of testing my water at saltwater shops, has anyone heard of them or what i can get to test my water for phosphates and silicates? Also has anyone had any luck eradicating/controlling them? If so how? Also my tanks are not new, and i would like to find a way other than buying otos or plecs. Please help i'm desperate.

Diatoms aka algae. Can be erraticated. Uv sterilizer, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and so on. It all depends on which method you want proceed. I have many methods but I don't know your tank setup or what u have In your tank I have several methods to kill all algae. But it's also maintaining your tank and use distiller water or Ro water to do water change

Erirku 04-15-2013 03:22 AM

Diatom algae as in brown dust algae? That stuff is one of the easiest algae to get rid of, but tedious work involved. Try making sure you have good water flow in your tank. Then meticulously clean, gravel vac, scrub, brush plants everyday! It should be gone in a week or so. It does take time to clean but you will appreciate your tank more! hope that helps.


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