For the most part of the chemicals used, it worked! I don't think it affects diatoms(idk), that's just my opine because I cleaned everything and the diatom "blooming" cleared up before I stated using the chemicals.
From the readings I've done, it seems you folks are on the right track trying to rid diatoms/brown algae as I've read many articles stating the same steps in a quest to rid it. I may never be able to stop diatoms in my scenario as I'm not considering using ro or deionized water or introduce algae eaters, etc.
There's one addition that I was considering, UV light, read up on what that does but have no experience using it myself so ymmv.
imo, I have to do water changes by the 3rd day or diatoms will start to show up. I have to keep my cleaning/vacs up or else... . I solved my diatom "blooming" cleaning substrate very well, filters and tubing, glass, etc.. Now it's a matter of keeping my tank clean, doing what I have to do to keep diatoms in check as I may never go the whole 9 yards(steps below) to see if all that will work keeping diatoms out of my tank. That is "my" problem, lol, there are steps I won't take at this time.
one author wrote:
1) remove 20% water shifting through substrate to remove fish waste that feeds diatom/brown algae, use ro, deionized water
2) use phosphate absorbing resin (Phosguard, etc. ?)
3) install UV
4) introduce algae eaters
5) monitor nitrates, keep it low
6) physically remove brown algae by hand/vac
7) cleaning filter, keep water clean
and it's conclusion: "What you have to do is to ensure that your fish tank is clean always. So, you need to change the water tank frequently and evacuate all the key factors that contribute to the growth of algae"
I have a feeling the Masters of Planted Tanks may not have to go thru all this. I think you need a lot of plant life and almost be a scientist to be in balance that keeps algae in check.
Started out, thinking it's a 5gal. tank chore for my grandkid want, now, it's turned into a expensive hobby that I've got only myself to blame fer.
Last edited by Pocho; 03-14-2019 at 09:58 PM.