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Old 05-18-2011, 01:49 PM   #11 
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I'd like to clarify that I've had this tank setup (minus an overhaul on plants when I killed them all) for approximately 8 months. The diatoms are not from the tank being new, not at this point. And I did get them when the tank first started. Then they went away. And they've come back with a vengeance.

Hoping to run to a Petco today, and I'll swap the lights. Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:48 PM   #12 
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I'd like to clarify that I've had this tank setup (minus an overhaul on plants when I killed them all) for approximately 8 months. The diatoms are not from the tank being new, not at this point. And I did get them when the tank first started. Then they went away. And they've come back with a vengeance.

Hoping to run to a Petco today, and I'll swap the lights. Thanks for the help.
You learn then tell me.lol really good luck.Your porfile pic is beautiful.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:11 PM   #13 
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The new light bulb with the correct kelvin should help with the diatom problem since the tank is somewhat mature...as bulbs age they loose intensity and penetration even though they shine or work for light...the plants can't use it for energy but diatoms and algae can......I change my bulbs every 6 months to maintain good plant growth...also-photoperiod is important for plant growth...good starting point is 10h/day and then increase if algae start to become problematic other than normal growth(some algae is normal and expected)....its a balance....the plants have to be given the tools to out-compete algae for both nutrients and light....
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