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post #1 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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How do I get rid of diatoms (brown algae)?

Hello. I have had my 10g tank setup for about 6 months now. Just last month, it has been slowly taken over by diatoms. I think it is the 9350k lighting I just installed last month. In numbers, it is majorly overstocked, but it is a QT and the plants have kept all the toxicity to virtually in-existant (along with twice weekly water changes).

is there a way to be rid of this invasion? I don't know much about diatoms.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 08:29 AM
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Well, you can wipe the glass clean or you can just wait. They will go away on their own.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 08:45 AM
ive found alot of fish and inverts that eat the stuff, including otto catfish

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 08:55 AM
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This is true, live bearers love it. But this is a quarantine tank, so I wouldn't advise putting fish in it to take care of a problem that is easily fixed with a scrubber.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I have "fixed" the problem with a scrubber in my cichlid tank, but it keeps comeing back.

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Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 09:58 AM
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How long have you been fighting it?

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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For the 10g QT, started December (when I added the light). 10g Cichlid tank, I don't know, maybe afew months ago. The cichlid tank is also growing some think, short, very dark green algae on a rock.

I think I might put an oto in the QT. I might have to take it out when I Q the Bolivian Rams, though.

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FireOasis - 3g
Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 02:49 PM
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I responded to this issue in your other thread, but for consistency here I'll repeat. Otos are shoaling fish so minimum 3 in a tank. But with diatoms, I would just remove what you need to (except on plant leaves they do no harm, just don't look nice depending upon one's point of view).

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot about the oto catfish until today. I guess I was just useing both threads (I forgot about discussing it in the other thread).

I will discuss all further diatom issues in my other thread; Need help! Setting up Amazon/Tetra tank!. Feel free to comment on the diatoms on there.

For the latest on my diatom issues, please visit the thread above, thank you.

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CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

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