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My tank water tested 0.25 silicates and my tap water was 0.1 silicates. Is this enough to cause any diatom problems ?


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Not sure on readings but if it helps any Barley straw sucks silicates outta the water u can get it at any feed store they feed it to horses it really works wonders
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Silicates alone do not cause diatom blooms.
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Silicates alone do not cause diatom blooms.

True BUT if you have 0 silicates you won't have a diatom bloom at all.


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Silicates alone do not cause diatom blooms.
And what else does ? I would love to avoid them in my new tank , if at all possible. Thanks for any info.


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If you want to avoid a diatom bloom, add a few otos or a bristlenose pleco, they love the stuff.
Diatoms are natural in a new tank, and it is not worth fighting nature, you won't win.

If in doubt, add more plants!

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If you want to avoid a diatom bloom, add a few otos or a bristlenose pleco, they love the stuff.
Diatoms are natural in a new tank, and it is not worth fighting nature, you won't win.
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Though I will say that in my STS substrate tanks I've yet to deal with the diatom problem


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Not sure on readings but if it helps any Barley straw sucks silicates outta the water u can get it at any feed store they feed it to horses it really works wonders

OK, this one is new to me! Can you lend some info on how it would be used in an aquarium, like in a media bag, filter and an idea of how much of it?

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Ppl testing silicates now...oh my. We can barely test the ammo, nitrite and nitrate accurately, your worrying to much
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The one thing I can do to induce a diatom bloom is feed way too much. It can get very very thick. Once I stop feeding, it sloughs off.
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Ppl testing silicates now...oh my. We can barely test the ammo, nitrite and nitrate accurately, your worrying to much
I'm a natural born worrier. Its hereditary. Runs in my family. I'm a wanna be perfectionist. Never got there , but I try . oh well.


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Funny - I just tested my tank water for silicates - probably about 0.03ppm, barely enough colour to register. Tap water a good clear level about 0.25ppm.
I'm still struggling with relatively low level diatoms now at the 7 month mark.....
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