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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hello Ladies/Gents, Quick question. If i am planning on swapping out tanks in my 2 yr old system . Trying to go from a 125 to 150-upgrading to starphire. If i transfer everything over. How bad do you think the transfer would be ? What i mean is , whats the possibility of a huge diatom outbreak?
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hello was wondering if this is a diatom bloom? they seem to be in small clusters compared to what I have seen before.
  3. General Reef Discussion
    So... I changed my lights like a day ago and now I have a diatom bloom! my ammonia, and nitrites have been at 0 for about 3 weeks now, how come the diatom is just now blooming? is it bad that it's blooming? is my water bad? Also I use RO water.
  4. General Reef Discussion
    The diatoms are coming, the diatoms are coming! So this is just a normal part sign of the cycle nearing completion, correct? Ammonia/Nitrates are at 0 according to API. I have come to understand that diatom formation is a natural result of high nitrate/phosphate levels, but my nitrates are...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    you can fight 'em, or wait 'em out. or you can get weird with it like this guy The Diatomist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo.
  6. The THINK Tank
    yes you guys read it right! My objective is to keep diatom blooms in my shrimp aquarium. I try to create intensive vannamei shrimp aquarium for testing purposes. It requires me to keep diatom bloom for the best result. I know I need to add silicate to my setup, but do you guys know anything...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Last water change, I decided to clean off some snail poop and other little flaws from my substrate and also moved around a couple of my rocks. I disturbed substrate quiet a bit. Next day: diatom dusting, following day: tiny bubbles all over live rock, following day: green algea on rock. By...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I have about a 2.5 inch sand bed, and the other day when i was cleaning my tank I thought I would really try to clean my sand bed out good. so for the past two water changes i have put my vacuum all the way to the bottom of the sand bed and adjusted the siphoning so that it was pulling a lot of...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Does this look like a diatom bloom? This was a complete setup that was up and running for over a year. When I bought it and moved it on Jan 25 I put new sand in it. About a week ago this stuff showed up. The tank got some brown stuff on the bottom of the front glass that easily wiped off with...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    My tank has been running for 3 months and the brown stuff on my sand are covering everything the rock and they are some green hairy algae on some rocks on sand also is this normal it will go by itself or what? im using an internal filter and a skimmer boyu wg 308 Sorry for the quality of the...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I've read this forum for a couple of years now, and I've found a ton of good info. Thanks! However, now I need some help. I've got an outbreak that I can't control. I was first told by one of my lfs that it was brown hair algae. I already had a cuc but I thought maybe it was inadequate. So...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, So my tank is still cycling away while I wait eagerly for it to finish. It's now 3.4 weeks in I think and I have been testing every day or so and today my levels were: Ammonia: almost 0ppm Nitrites: High like 5ppm (think they just peaked and are at the start of coming back down)...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    last night i went to bed and woke up this morning and had algae bloom over night , looks like BHA so i ordered some gfo from bulk reef this stuff is ugly
  14. General Reef Discussion
    so i have been running a protein skimmer for about 2 weeks now, is the skimmer prolonging my cycle? or is it harmless?
  15. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    Can somebody tell me what this is and how I should clean it. My entire tank sand bed is filled with it. Every time I clean it gets exposed
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone, 55G +15 gal sump on day 22...diatom bloom in full swing. What "stages" do I have to look forward to now? I think diatoms will fade with some algae growth?? and water parameters will calm (mine are good with 0 ammonia, o nitrites, and 10-20 nitrates, with water changes every...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys haven't been on here in a while still newer to the marine aquariums. I know diatom blooms happen whether we like it or not but I have been trying to remove this and it keeps getting worse. I have done water changes with RO/DI water I have used a syphon to suck up loose diatom off te...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Can someone with a trained eye tell me if these two "brownish" areas on my sand bed are a diatom or cyano problem? They are not high flow areas and are in direct path of light...they were there early on once cycling was complete, seemed to fade when I shortened my light cycle. Now that I have...
  19. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    Guys I've been fighting for months now with this.... I'm about to just toss everything and give up. I just don't know what to do anymore. My tank: 55 Gallon Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0 PH 8.2 Temp 76 SG 1.026 Its been set up for about 3 months, I use RO/Di water, I have a canister filter...
  20. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    I am dealing with brown diatom right now. It bloomed at about 2 months, went almost completely away, then another bloom. I have been able to keep it from getting too crazy by reducing the amount of hours I have my lights on (now 8 hours). Reducing the amount of food I give my guys...
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