Make Diatoms grow.....Faster?!

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So just getting to the diatom stage of my tank. Been up about 2 months. I know they will go away if I leave them as I use RO/DI for top off and TDS is 0, nitrates are 0 as well. But was wondering if there is a way to adjust lights or anything to get the diatoms to bloom faster and thus eat all the silicates faster thus ending the bloom faster.
 
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I wouldn't know. But you need to get your nitrates up, and probably phosphates. 5ppm nitrates and 0.03 phosphates are about the lowest you want to go in the average tank, and a bit higher is better. Otherwise helpful algaes can't grow in, and pest algaes, which can tolerate low nutrients, will continue to run amok. Also, corals will starve and die if kept without any nutrients.

Keeping nutrients up will help your tank mature, which can help crowd out diatoms.
 

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Your rock needs to mature before the pest algaes will fully go away, and nutrients are required for that. Would suggest less chaeto. It'll starve at 0 nutrients anyway.
 
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