Hey everyone, so I've been noticing brown spots on my fake plants, and it has now started to cover one of my clay pots.
I have no problems with this as long as it's not very bad for the fish, I'm more just unsure if this is actually brown algae or diatoms or what have you, and am curious if this is probably a sign of a healthy tank, an unhealthy tank, or just a result of the obvious ammonia levels in the tank.
The tank is a 10gallon with 3 goldfish(comet/common) All still very small, under 4", and the tank has been set up for less than two months.
I had previously believed the cycle was not starting, as I was doing very large often water changes to keep the ammonia down, and I had never seen a nitrite or nitrate(albeit I was using test strips for everything but ammonia) but I have cut down my water changes to try and allow the cycle to happen.
After checking today it appeared I had very low ammonia, no nitrites, and some nitrates, so it seems like the tank is now cycling, and I was hoping the algae growth was maybe another positive sign, or an indication of something bad.
I took a pic, as I really couldn't find much for a good picture of diatoms/brown algae, so I was hoping someone here might be able to give me some form of confirmation.
Again, as long as it's not something harmful, I really don't mind having it in the tank(while it's still under control) and I would actually prefer keeping it, since when the goldies go into their 55g, I was hoping to use this tank for a shrimp farm, so algae might be a nice bonus for the shrimp.
(It looks rust colored like it's affected by the pot, but it's an identical color on the plants)