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post #11 of 21 Old 01-26-2013, 10:18 AM
Is it a fairly new set up? I had that in my 120 gallon we are on well water and it started about 1 month or two after I started my aquarium till 4 months after it started to subside did you limit your lights when you first changed them you might not need them on as long as you did before
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-26-2013, 10:19 AM
Adding new lights will create a new tank type growth, Diatom Bloom.
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I got my 10 gallon a month after I started so... early November? But the problem only started when I added the new lights.

A Diatom Bloom? God I feel like I'm getting schooled! Will it hurt my plants or the inhabatants of my tank? I don't care if it looks terrible as long as they're safe. I even saw a bit growing on one of my snail's shells!
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Diatoms are not dangerous to fish. They could effect plant growth if it gets to heavy on the leaves could affect the uptake of nutrients. Other than that they are just an unsightly nuisance.
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post #15 of 21 Old 01-26-2013, 02:20 PM
Diatom Bloom will go away by itself, and should not cause any problems with your plants. Just try and keep it off them.
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Okay then! Now to go hid under my couch from embarasment from all my newbie-esk questions
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Absolutely no reason to be embarassed. Asking questions is how one becomes an advanced aquarist. None of us knew much when we started. Someday you will be helping a new person to the hobby
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Absolutely no reason to be embarassed. Asking questions is how one becomes an advanced aquarist. None of us knew much when we started. Someday you will be helping a new person to the hobby
That's just it though. I've done TONS of research and have been helping people on here with their questions. It's just that I'm inexperenced with plants and when adding the new bulb made all this brown stuff cover everything, I was like AHHH! What is wrong with my tank and how can I fix it! I felt like such a dodo when I found out what it was because 1) I didn't figure it out myself and 2) I've never even heard of this stuff! It's like I was out sick on algae day and then get blindsided with a pop quiz on it. Honestly, I know more about the breeding habits of apple snails than this! *head desk* I thought I had went over all the pertanant subjects there were for my tank. I shudder to think of what else I've missed
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No reason at all to be embarressed. We've all gone through our trials and tribulations.

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