Diatoms in an aquarium in excessive amounts are a significant problem for every aquarist and are often associated with it. But we will talk about diatoms in the aquarium here. It turns out that some diatoms, and more specifically their unusual structure, can be used in our favor. It is the spatial and chemical (silica) construction of diatoms that can bring you and your loved ones a number of health benefits.
Diatoms (diatomaceous earth) – structure
Diatoms are single-celled organisms (algae) so tiny that in order to be noticed they would have to be enlarged a thousand times. Their armor is made of silica, hence the name. Diatoms occur in all types of water on Earth, both sweet and salty. They even occur in moist soils. These organisms are the basic food for creatures in the aquatic environment – you could call them “water grass”. The presence of higher life forms in the aquatic environment depends on the presence of diatoms in significant quantities. Without them, these organisms could not exist. Diatoms are so fertile that if all of them were collected and placed at the end of the board, swings, and all other terrestrial organisms, animals and plants, at its other end, then terrestrial organisms would be high in the air. In other words, diatoms are much more than all other terrestrial organisms put together.