Diatom bloom?

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I have two tanks and both my 5.5 gallon planted betta tank and my 55 gallon South American tank. I have read that diatoms like low light and low oxygen. I have plenty of aeration, I don't see how I could get more disolved oxygen short of injecting pure oxygen into the tank. I leave the lights for the 55 on 12 hours and the 5.5 15 hours. My nitrates in both tanks read lighter than the 5ppm color indicator. No ammonia or nitrite of course. The water in the 55 is noticably cloudy. All the fish are healthy. Does anybody have any tips to get rid of the stuff?

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Diatom bloom?

I would say your lights are maybe on too long. I only put my tank lights on for a few hours a day. Say 5hrs at most; try turning them off in the day and only putting on in the evening and see if that helps. I put mine on in morning for hours whilst I'm feeding and checking tanks then turn them off whilst cleaning house, doing WC. taking dogs out etc. Then I get back from work around 8:30 in evening and sometimes put them on then for a few hrs and my water is really clear.

Your water itself looks good and you seem to have enough oxygen so I guess its the lights but see what everyone else says aswell. :)

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