General Diatoms

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  1. ryan1986

    ryan1986 Member

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    I know diatoms are natural at the end of a cycle, my question is do you need a clean up crew to remove it or will the diatoms just go away after some time. Just can't remember.
    Also local aquarium I bought RO water from today said I need 70-140 snails/ hermits/ shrimp etc as a clean up crew.
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    I wouldn't go back to that aquarium, sounds like they are full of it!
    Usually as your initial cycle is coming to an end you would add some cleanup crew. I would just go for 10 - 20 snails. I like Turbos, Trochus and then maybe a Strombus or two. The turbos will breed like crazy anyway.
    Once they start doing their job and algae calms down a little you can add a couple of easy to keep corals (softies). Then once things are looking ok for a few weeks then you could add one or two small fish.
    Shrimps can be added if you like but I would just stick with the snails for now.
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    Being dead rock I did cycle with I have no algae except the diatoms. Yer I thought 70-140 in a brand new just cycled tank was excessive, thought most would starve and die.

    I understand in a mature system with natural algae on rocks and stuff Yer the population could grow to that level over time.

    I may leave it for a few weeks before I bother the diatoms don't worry me.
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    You will find as your cycle progresses you might get a few different algaes. Don't be surprised if when the diatoms disappear you get some hair algae.
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