Whats that algae?

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    Alright reefers, its that time again, its time to play NAME THAT ALGAE!!!!!!

    After moving and restarting my aquarium, I've gotten a new type of algae that I haven't faced yet, The picture is below. Id like to know what kind it is, so I know how to combat it.

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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    Looks like diatoms to me. If so, as they use up the silicates they will die off. Did you use or add new sand when you moved the tank?
     
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    Yes I did. Also about 90% of my live rock was put in dry. I did buy more wet rock to seed the dry rock.
     
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    Sounds like that the new rock and such contained some silicates.

    Also, what kind of water are you using? If you are using tap water, or even conditioned tap water, that can contain silicates and you will never be without diatoms. As you are continually adding more to the tank.

    RO/DI water is the best to make up the salt water
     
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    I buy RO/DI from my lfs and I mix it with red sea salt mix
     
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    Chances are it will go away on its own after a few weeks then. New sand and rocks tend to introduce some silicates
     
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    Just one of those phases a new tank goes through. Diatoms are unsightly but at least they are short lived.
     
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