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Old 06-14-2012, 07:20 PM   #11 
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Since there was no explanation on what diatoms were I guess they are organic matter. They are little critters it looks like from wiki. The wiki on them confuses me but from what I gathered diatoms mean good water quality?

Maybe someone knows better what they are.... I just know the fossilized bodies of them make diatomaceous earth. (Wonderful stuff.)

The thread got my attention because my one filter foam is covered in the brown stuff too.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #12 
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Diatoms are little one celled Protists that mostly use photosynthesis, but most can start consuming matter with little light. They are part of a biofilm, but really biofilm is just layers and layers of bacteria/protists. Like algae is layers and layers of mostly single celled algae. It's basically a huge community of bacteria, the water running over it let's it trap tons of different things, each bacteria eats what it's food source is.
You can remove it but it's pretty good at replenishing itself with lots of food.
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