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Old 10-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Hi can anyone help me with id'ing this algae? I think it is diatoms but I believe it is worse, and how do I get rid of it?

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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I have seen that fluffy, goo-hair gunk. If I remember it is an algae that gets dirt stuck in it. I found it hard to remove. It does not really cling, but gets tangled up and pulls the plants out when you pull the algae out.

Unfortunately I took the tank down before I figured out how to get rid of it.

Scroll down to Rhizoclonium. Maybe that is it?
http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm
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Hi

Update on this. I was guessing it was brown diatoms.

So I went to buy this from Petsmart

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2750628

and it completely STOPPED the growth of any new stuff when the lights are on. Works good.

Doesnt do anything that is existing though.
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Should UV kill diatoms?
I have an Aquatop 400 with the built-in UV bulb (on 24/7) and am having a major diatom outbreak on my tank that I am blaming on the fact that my new substrate (Turface) is 5% silica.
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Should UV kill diatoms?
I have an Aquatop 400 with the built-in UV bulb (on 24/7) and am having a major diatom outbreak on my tank that I am blaming on the fact that my new substrate (Turface) is 5% silica.
Based off your posts, you just started your tank over less than a month ago? If this is the case, diatoms are normal. Pretty much any snail or algae eater will help take care of them, otherwise. Amano shrimp and oto cats will all gobble on that fuzzy stuff the OP has.
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Based off your posts, you just started your tank over less than a month ago? If this is the case, diatoms are normal. Pretty much any snail or algae eater will help take care of them, otherwise. Amano shrimp and oto cats will all gobble on that fuzzy stuff the OP has.

I wasn't trying to jack the thread. Diatoms are normal for new tanks...I thought using seeded filter media would save me the hassle, but no such luck. My nerite and amanos seem happy so I guess it's fine. Ugly, but fine.

I'm curious though if the OP's addition of a UV light wasn't coincidentally in-line with the diatoms (if that is what it was) completing their natural process. I wouldn't want a bunch of ppl new to the hobby to read this and spend money on a UV light if it will not prevent diatoms.

Anybody know if UV should prevent diatoms?
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