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Old 02-18-2014, 05:18 AM   #1
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Diatoms/ brown algae.


This stuff is brutal. It strangled all my plants in my 20gal, couldn't bring in a cleanup crew because its my axolotl tank. Now its causing problems in my 10 gal. But anyways, I'm going to replant the tanks and give proper lighting this time so hopefully it can outcompete.. should I test for silicate? I don't have the test kit for that.. and its about 20 bucks... I mean I'll do it if I have to. But do you guys have any tips on eradicating it? I'm thinking PhosZorb , but I don't really like putting something in my tank that I don't know what's in it/what is being released into the water/ how it works. Can anyone explain Phoszorb?
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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Diatoms are a normal stage in new tanks. I never do anything other then wait and allow the tank to settle in. One thing I notice was that a strong current really slows down it;s growth. Try and improve the flow of the tank and should help.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:33 PM   #3
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Seachem Phosguard works well. It has alumina in it to bind the silicates. I tried it as an experiment in a 65G and it really does work well. I've battled diatoms for years and I do WC like a fiend. I have tons of tanks to get it into and I'll get to all of them.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:44 AM   #4
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I hate brown algae, it killed my first few aquarium fish. I guess it took much oxygen when I was gone so the fish died because of a power failure. I have been battling it for 3 years and I still am to this day.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:23 AM   #5
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Diatoms are a normal stage in new tanks. I never do anything other then wait and allow the tank to settle in. One thing I notice was that a strong current really slows down it;s growth. Try and improve the flow of the tank and should help.

"They form the base of aquatic food webs in marine and freshwater habitats."
Same here. If I leave it alone it goes away in a week or two.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:29 AM   #6
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See but I've had this tank since June ;( I believe my areas water is high in silicates so that might be a majority of the problem.

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Old 02-19-2014, 07:58 AM   #7
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I have been having a problem in a heavily planted 10 gallon tank that is mature. Its been running for over a year. The tank has been doing well but over the last few months I am getting diatoms on most of the plants. I do have uncoated gravel in that tank at the bottom coated with a layer of Flourite on top with Laterite.

I was wondering if the uncoated gravel is leaching silicates out. Another issue may be I have a few rocks in the tank with Anubias growing on them. Maybe the rocks are leaching as well. I also made a silicone sealant based CO2 reactor as well. Another theory I have is , disturbing mature substrates can cause algae blooms why not diatomic blooms as well? I have been vacuuming more lately. It seems after making the reactor I developed more diatoms but who knows?

I may try the perigan, but the way I look at it is : If there is a constant source of PO4 or Silicates they will never totally go away!
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:01 PM   #8
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i upped water changes to daily (>50%.. and it went away..
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:05 AM   #9
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Mine still won't go away...luckily haven't killed plants but its very ugly..

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Old 03-23-2014, 05:53 AM   #10
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It sounds like you aren't fertilizing. Otherwise, you may have very high organics fueling the growth.
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