My tank is not fully balanced yet but have any one found a legit way of reducing diatoms besides balance? My tank is 2 months old.
Very interesting theory. You may be correct. I will look back into this forum when my tank age another 2 more months. My tank is on its 2nd month going to it's 3rd and I already tackled down 2 types of algae. I might give my water company a call. You helped me understand. thank you. roud:Diatoms feed on silicates. A new tank leeches silicates for a while. Once the silicates stop leeching the diatoms usually die off. Now you can have a permanent diatom problem depending on your water source. Example my tap water has 8ppm silicates so every water change I supplied fresh silicates. You can test your water or contact your water company to get their test results. I use RO water now so my diatoms went away, before I went RO I did have good success with phosguard from seachem. Phosguard removes silicates and phosphates. Your plants need P04 so make sure your dosing some so the plants don't run out.