01-12-2011, 09:47 AM
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diatom algae and hard water stains
ok i got 2 questions for ya guys but im keeping them to 1 thread lol.
1st i have a 75g tank with a 20g sump and recently i upgraded my lighting to t5 1 10k bulb and 1 antic and within a day it exploded with diatom algae. the clean up crew i had was to small to handle how fast it was growing so i went out and bought 25 more astrea snails bringing my total to 50. as hard working as these guys are i have seen some improvement but its been comeing back faster than they can eat it. iv cut my lighting down to only 5 hours a day (from 12) and clean the glass everyday. when i had my 10g tank i got a bloom but it went away as fast as it came will this do the same? should i just let it run its course or should i resort to chemicals?(really dont want to). any sugestions would be great.
2nd my glass has gotten hard water stains on the inside. its a milky film that builds up all over the tank. iv tryed scrapeing it off with a razor iv tryed scrubbing it off with a sponge iv her vinager will remove it but to drain the tank and remove all my lr and animals is a huge task. there any other way to clean it off so i can view my tank without haveing to see this to?