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UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby 207cichlids » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:52 am

Anyone know if i'll have luck curimg brown algae with a Mean Green Machine 9w? Its in a 29 gallon with a mild outbreak
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby DowntownBrown » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:06 am

Hey, thought I'd add my recent experience. I've had a big brown algae outbreak in my 240 G for a couple months. Recently I added some Purigen into my sump, and it seems to have cleaned it right up. Could be coincidence and the algae bloom was already coming to a stop, but the Purigen sure turned brown fast. It seems to have done the trick! Research it a bit, see what you can find. Good luck and happy scrubbing
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby 207cichlids » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:22 pm

DowntownBrown wrote:Hey, thought I'd add my recent experience. I've had a big brown algae outbreak in my 240 G for a couple months. Recently I added some Purigen into my sump, and it seems to have cleaned it right up. Could be coincidence and the algae bloom was already coming to a stop, but the Purigen sure turned brown fast. It seems to have done the trick! Research it a bit, see what you can find. Good luck and happy scrubbing

Thanks. Appreciate it,
and research I will....and scrub too lol
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby Als49 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:11 am

Brown algae diatom is usually caused by excess silica. When I used silica sands for my substrate, I always had problem with brown algae. They kept reappearing although they were regularly brushed and siphoned.

After I replaced silica sands with other sands, I no longer have brown algae in my tanks.
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby 207cichlids » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:53 pm

Als49 wrote:Brown algae diatom is usually caused by excess silica. When I used silica sands for my substrate, I always had problem with brown algae. They kept reappearing although they were regularly brushed and siphoned.

After I replaced silica sands with other sands, I no longer have brown algae in my tanks.

I use pool filter sand. Could this be what you mean
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:57 pm

Yes. But I use PFS as well and the brown "algae" eventually goes away. It's not really algae, but diatoms. IDK if UV will be effective.
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Re: UV Sterilizer for Brown Diatoms

Postby 207cichlids » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:10 pm

DJRansome wrote:Yes. But I use PFS as well and the brown "algae" eventually goes away. It's not really algae, but diatoms. IDK if UV will be effective.

Appreciate it thanks
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