Thread: Diatom or Dino
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Old 01/17/2020, 08:24 AM   #4
Michael Hoaster
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From the pic, it looks like diatoms. Your tank is just new. It sounds like you tried to dose your way around a new tank algae phase. It cannot be avoided and should not. Algae is Nature's way of starting the foundation of new life in your tank. It NEEDS to happen. By fighting it early, you only delay the inevitable AND you end up prolonging the algae phase.

In the previous version of my tank, I tried to avoid the algae phase, keeping nutrients low. I only slowed it down. It took me eight months to get through it. This time around, I encouraged algae right form the start, and was done with it at the five month mark.

Just keep performing 'classic' good husbandry and let Nature run it's course. For sand bed algae, a fighting conch will help.

As many naturalists and environmentalists have suggested, we should set aside our arrogance,
our desire to conquer and control everything, and walk hand in hand with Mother Nature. -Walter Adey

Current Tank Info: 180g Seagrass Sandbar Lagoon, START DATE November 28, 2018
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