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How do I get rid of diatoms (brown algae)?

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How do I get rid of diatoms (brown algae)?
Old 01-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
 
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
 
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 08:45 AM   #3
 
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ive found alot of fish and inverts that eat the stuff, including otto catfish
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:55 AM   #4
 
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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.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
 
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 09:58 AM   #6
 
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How long have you been fighting it?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #7
 
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 02:49 PM   #8
 
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 03:09 PM   #9
 
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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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