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Old 06-14-2012, 06:42 PM   #1 
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Are nitrifying bacteria colonies macroscopic?

In Prince Kaida's tank on all the oldest decorations and in the filter, there is this brown build-up stuff. I've thoroughly cleaned everything that had this stuff on it, but it always 'grows' back within a week. It's not really unsightly and there's not too much of it, I'm just curious. The same brown stuff is in the old filter cart whenever I change them, and it has also started inhabiting the filter media sponge I have baffling the filter output. Nothing bad has happened since it started appearing. Is this good bacteria just colonizing everywhere it can or should I be worried?
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:45 PM   #2 
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That is diatoms, they are microscopic individually, but they are in a colony. the bacteria can be seen in a cloud if you rub ur filter cartridge and put it back n, and the bacteria comes out in a cloud into your tank.
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:o Is it bad?
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:48 PM   #4 
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Nah, as long as it doesnt annoy you. It should go away in a few month on its own, if it annoys you, just scrub it off.
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Okay. Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:51 PM   #6 
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:54 PM   #7 
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The brown stuff in the filter is a biofilm, a mess of bacteria and organic matter that the bacteria is decomposing. You don't really have to clean the filter unless the flow is being clogged up.
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No, diatoms can get in there
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Diatoms are organic matter are they not?
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