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  1. The THINK Tank
    Hope to get some more recent insight about high levels of nitrates vs more natural ocean levels in our tanks. Sandbeds where really popular 10 years ago, but see some nice bare bottom tanks around now. Some questions to ponder 1. 15 years ago not many people had diatom problems, are they...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I want to know why i get a diatom bloom every time I clean my sand bed. I thought cleaning the sand bed would help PREVENT any sort of diatoms or algae blooms. I do 10 Gallon water change on my 6 month 75 gallon reef tank every other week. When I leave the sand bed untouched or do not blow...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    The tank is on it's 7th day. 32 gals, cured live rock from LFS, live sand and full treatment with Seachem Stability (as noted on the bottle). However as of 3 days ago, I noticed the diatoms blooming and they cover most of the sand now. Tons of feather dusters all over as well. Is this normal for...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    All, Can anyone give me any more advice on getting rid of these diatoms. I am not sure how they started (i have an idea). I went on vacation for a few days and my wife fed the fish. When i got home the tank was still fine then i went on another trip a few days later ( i did water change prior...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Quick question. has anyone had any issues with dosing and diatoms. My tank had been perfectly clear but now i am starting to get diatoms in my sand bed and some of my rocks almost right after water changes. I use RODI and Coral Pro salt. I did recently start dosing Calcium and Alk. Both were...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    So Early on when I started my 14g Biocube about 3 1/2 months ago. I jumped the gun and added to many fish too quickly and had a serious ammonia problem for a about a week until my tank fully cycled. By some miracle none of the fish were killed or even effected even when the ammonia was off the...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, i have a 25g fluval M60 tank that has been setup for about 1yr now. my water parameters have always been perfect by my testing and by my lfs testing. I have 2 fish, 3 crabs, and 3 snails. I feed once a day for only 30 sec worth of food. I have a bulkreefsupply RO/DI for my water source...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    hey guys... so my tank is 2 years old, as most of you know I installed my sump not too long ago.. but I have diatoms growing in my sump tank, not the DT. Not of epic proportions.. just some brown on the glass and I wanna know why and what I can do about it. I know for a fact they are diatoms...
  9. Marine Depot
    VIDEO: Algae Control Part 1 How to Deal with Diatoms, Cyanobacteria and Green Hair Algae How to Control Phosphate in a Reef Tank Red Slime: How to Prevent and Remove Cyanobacteria
  10. Reef Fish
    This is pretty much my last attempt at trying to figure out what's wrong with my tank. So long story short - I have just a 36W orbit current on my 75 gallon. I wanted an anemone so I got some chinese black box LEDs. 165W each. My tank barely required cleaning before I put these LEDs up. I had...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Good morning, The tank is a 75 with a 30 sump, the rock is from my old 55, and the sand is new. It is roughly 5 months old with the only new additions being 48" reefbreeder light from marine land marine pro(both added 1 month ago). The marine land had 4 54w ati blue plus and 4 leds I didn't...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Ok I have had the initial diatom bloom after a couple of weeks and this went, however I now have this second one which is proving to be more resistant, after vacuuming the sand and changing water it is still here a couple of weeks later and doesn't seem to want to go. I am aware I may have...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, Im new to this forum and am going nuts over a lot of diatoms on sand bed for last 2 years. My reef tank is 200l and is 2 years old. Here are the parameters: SG: 1.025 PO4 >0.02 NO3 >0.5 NH4 0 Si 0 So far (after spending a lot of time searching and reading) I have found the following...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, Its time IMO, so many newbs mixing with old school guys. Opinions seem to be the dominate factor in cycling a new tank rather than viable research. Some folks have been around so long, that if asked to provide step by step instruction to the "proper" way to cycle a tank they draw a blank...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Hey TRT! Merry Christmas! So My tank has been up and running since March, and I can't seem to get rid of the diatoms. They are very light, mostly showing up on my sand bed. I have fine sand (which was a mistake) mixed with a caribbean grade sand. It seems to show up on the fine sand x5 of...
  16. New Member Introductions
    Hey folks. I am new to this hobby. I have had my 30 gallon tank up and running for a few weeks now. Have aragonite substrate and 10 pounds of live rock so far. Will be adding around 20 pounds more live rock this week. My sand and rock has brown furry stuff on it. I'm hoping it's diatoms and not...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    My tank was looking pretty rough a couple months ago then i did some back to back water changes. bought new leds that my corals love. Started running GFO and carbon. and now do automatic water changes 3.5 gal a day. For the last 30 hours i have been doing an automatic water change at the rate of...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys, I'm having a really big diatom bloom issue. I just got some silicate removing media yesterday and in the past 3 days have done 7 gallons of water change in my 20 gallon. The first change was 3 gallons and I got half of the bloom out. Then the next day (yesterday) I did a 4 gallon...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Hello TRT I have a 40 gallon breeder, about 14 months old. I keep SPS, LPS, zoa, etc. I run gfo and gac constantly, use RO/DI water, and do a 10% change(at least) every 1.5 weeks. I also top off with RO/Di. Run a protein skimmer and have a refugium, albeit with no macro right now. I...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Hi everybody. I have a well established tank. It is about 10 years old. I am having a terrible diatom problem. I do water changes, stir the sand, cut back lighting, added phosphate remover, charcoal. Seems like I have tried everything and no matter what I do the brown stuff covers my sand. It...
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