Diatoms? Yes, I messed up

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  1. scajeo

    scajeo Sea Dragon

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    So just a couple days ago I did my first WC and while I was doing that I thought I'd stir up the sand bed a little bit and see if I could clear out a couple spots of diatoms and then I thought well, why stop there. I stirred up a lot of sand bed and didn't think anything of it. UNTIL........ My better half calls me at the store yesterday saying my tank is brown.

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    Any suggestions on what to do? I've tried to do a little research in my down time but haven't come up with an solid answer and when I think I find something I find something that says quite the contrary. I stopped by the LFS on the way home and they said to ride it out.

    I don't have a huge CUC.
    20 snails - haven't needed anything because I haven't had anything for them to eat. I don't want to rush out and buy a ton of snails just to clean this up and then have them all die for lack of food.

    Any help or ideas?
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Ride it out is really all you can do. Reefcleaners.org states on it's site that they have some snails types that eat diatoms, myself I have never found anything that eats diatoms.

    Small sandbed interventions at a time., Cheryl shakes finger at you. :rolleyes:
     
  4. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    Dwarf ceriths i got from reefcleaners did a number on my diatom stage. But I agree with Cheryl just wait it out instead of starving snails later.
     
  5. scajeo

    scajeo Sea Dragon

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    I know, I know Ms. Cheryl. I learned my lesson and boy are my tenants paying for it now.

    Thnx to both y'all. I feel the same about the snails. Y'all should be proud of me, I didn't run out and buy 20 different chemicals and started going rambo on everything.

    I read that WC's were bad during a diatom outbreak but the LFS is telling me to go ahead and do it. Opinions?
     
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  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    All I can tell ya is that I changed my water every week during my initial cycle and diatom bloom and had no issues with diatoms increasing in severity. The only problem I have had with water changes causing an increase bloom is with Dino.
     
  7. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    Interesting.
     
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  9. scajeo

    scajeo Sea Dragon

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    well that settles it. Another WC on Monday. Really feel bad for my little critters.
     
  10. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Your pets will be fine. FTR, not only are most algas harmless, but they're also beneficial in that they feed on the nutrients that would otherwise cause water quality issues. :)
     
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  11. scajeo

    scajeo Sea Dragon

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    learning everyday....
     
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    that's what makes the hobby great :)
     
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