Cyano and Diatoms at the same time

BRS

BostonReefer300

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 12, 2021
Messages
899
Reaction score
940
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Boston-Metrowest
A close-up picture under white lights of the "diatoms" in question would be helpful. Given the descriptions, I'm not so sure they're actually diatoms. Could be dinos. Do you see anything on the rocks? Do you see any air bubbles trapped inside it?
 
Top Shelf Aquatics

Bo.

Impatient as always
View Badges
Joined
Feb 25, 2020
Messages
1,906
Reaction score
9,296
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Albuquerque
A close-up picture under white lights of the "diatoms" in question would be helpful. Given the descriptions, I'm not so sure they're actually diatoms. Could be dinos. Do you see anything on the rocks? Do you see any air bubbles trapped inside it?
I'm hoping for better lighting too
 
OP
M

mike550

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 13, 2019
Messages
1,551
Reaction score
1,847
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Chicago
Do you notice it coming back more in low-flow spots? Any beneficial bacteria is good, I haven't used microbacter specifically.
I think it’s reappearing where it was particularly heavy. So I’ll vacuum during the water change. The sand bed gets consistent flow and I have my powerheads on reef mode.

Open to suggestions for a bacteria.
 
OP
M

mike550

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 13, 2019
Messages
1,551
Reaction score
1,847
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Chicago
A close-up picture under white lights of the "diatoms" in question would be helpful. Given the descriptions, I'm not so sure they're actually diatoms. Could be dinos. Do you see anything on the rocks? Do you see any air bubbles trapped inside it?
I’ll try to get a better photo. I keep thinking diatoms because they are “dusty” and only seem to be on the sand bed. I don’t have a microscope so to your point this is a pretty uneducated guess by a newbie (tank is around 18 months). No air bubbles.
 
BRS

What is your most favorite type of shrimp for your reef tank?

  • Peppermint Shrimp

    Votes: 11 3.2%
  • Banded Coral Shrimp

    Votes: 32 9.4%
  • Snapping or Pistol Shrimp

    Votes: 27 7.9%
  • Harlequin Shrimp

    Votes: 30 8.8%
  • Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

    Votes: 103 30.2%
  • Blood Red Fire Shrimp

    Votes: 73 21.4%
  • Sexy Anemone Shrimp

    Votes: 26 7.6%
  • Camel Shrimp

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 8 2.3%
  • NO shrimp in my tank

    Votes: 30 8.8%
Aquatic Life TDS Pen Offer
Top