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purigen/charcoal to deal with diatoms

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by IUnknown, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. IUnknown

    IUnknown Lifetime Members

    Jan 23, 2005
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    I've setup a new tank and I've always had a diatom bloom when using new substrate, from the silicate. This time around I used purigen and charcoal and have not had any issues with diatoms. I was wondering if it could be because of the purigen/charcoal? I've read that you can skip cycling a tank because the plants do the job, so I was not worried about delaying cycling on the new setup.
  2. PhilipS

    PhilipS Lifetime Members
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    May 10, 2014
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    Answer is no.

    Now that you came this far, plant more or propagate/clone more. Let the plants and bacteria do the rest.

    Let the plants grow out before trimming.

    I'd rather dust the diatoms with ADA bacter 100 and then 2 days dark than using any chemical.

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