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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2020, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by koolman91 View Post
its not critical in the freshwater aquarium but in a planted aquarium its everything. I have a hudge diatom alge bloom beacuse there is too many silicates. I did a 50% water chage and it got worse thats why I tested my water. I have found that its high and now the diatom population doubled in my tank. so can I just put this stuff in my water change bucket over night to remove silicates. I can not put it in my filter because my tank needs phosphates for the plants.
I live in MoCo Md where the water company puts phosphates in the water and we also have had silicates. I had a bad diatom outbreak. I ended up just keeping it super clean and using Seachem Phosguard (put in a mesh bag into your filter). It removes both phosphates and silicates. You'll then need to replace the phosphates if your plants need them, not sure how that works, the tank I was working with at the time did not have real plants.
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