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post #11 of 22 Old 02-05-2013, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
I think I'm also going to skip this weeks ferts an get some more plants an a couple of ottos
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-06-2013, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
is it true lack of oxygen can also cause this? it only came about after i decided i wanted to turn off my airstone to see how it would affect my corkscrew val seeing as they were right by it.
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post #13 of 22 Old 02-06-2013, 04:04 AM
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Rather than buying fish just for this, wouldnt it be better to solve the issue at hand instead?

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post #14 of 22 Old 02-06-2013, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Rather than buying fish just for this, wouldnt it be better to solve the issue at hand instead?
well yeah of course! i wouldnt mind getting some new fish tho haha.ive been doing alot of research and nothing is really helping maybe im looking at it thew wrong way.
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post #15 of 22 Old 02-06-2013, 05:42 PM
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From the photos, this does not look like diatoms to me. How easy is it to clean off of the glass? Can you rub it off with your finger, or does it take a sponge or scraper?

It looks more green than brown, and this would be due to the light.

Oxygen is not relevant to this, it is more the water movement, but this can work both ways.

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From the photos, this does not look like diatoms to me. How easy is it to clean off of the glass? Can you rub it off with your finger, or does it take a sponge or scraper?

It looks more green than brown, and this would be due to the light.

Oxygen is not relevant to this, it is more the water movement, but this can work both ways.

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i didnt try using my finger but i did use a scrubber on a stick an it was a lil tuff to get off
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i didnt try using my finger but i did use a scrubber on a stick an it was a lil tuff to get off
That is what I expected; this is not diatoms. Reduce the light, which may be intensity and/or duration, whichever. Don't stop all plant fertilizer or the plants will likley suffer. But once a week with a comprehensive like Flourish is sufficient.

If this is on the glass, ambient room light can be a factor. Daylight entering the room and evening room lighting can add to the tank light.

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post #18 of 22 Old 02-08-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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yeah i think there are many factors here lol. overfeeding, to much light, and to many nutrients in the water. im pretty sure i double dosed with liq ferts 2 weeks ago. ive cut down on the light this past week. only dosed once and reduced the amount of food being givin. also on sunday i did about a 60% water change and cleaned my tank very well. i noticed alot of plant material littering the bottom of my tank. an since sunday i havent seen an increase in the brown stuff. its just mainly right along the sand line of the bottom of my tank and hasnt gotten any worse. i should be getting some floating plants soon. since my BA tetras ate all my water sprite before it could grow. i ordered a 120+ leaves of salvinia minima. hopefully this and with the less light, food and more thorough cleanings it will all go back to normal!
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-08-2013, 09:51 AM
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So from reading the posts above I gather that the brown algae is nothing to really worry about. Just wipe it off and let the tank take its course. My tank has been cycling for about 5 weeks and the numbers are good: PH=8.2, Ammo, nitrita, nitrate=0, but yesterday I noticed that there were a couple of small spots where some brownish stuff was growing. I figured it was algae and part of the cycling process, so I just wipped it off and kept staring at the tank for about an hour. I only have 3 damsels, 1 blenny and couple of hermit crabs in it, but I am getting ready to start stocking it. Will it be ok to start?
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So from reading the posts above I gather that the brown algae is nothing to really worry about. Just wipe it off and let the tank take its course. My tank has been cycling for about 5 weeks and the numbers are good: PH=8.2, Ammo, nitrita, nitrate=0, but yesterday I noticed that there were a couple of small spots where some brownish stuff was growing. I figured it was algae and part of the cycling process, so I just wipped it off and kept staring at the tank for about an hour. I only have 3 damsels, 1 blenny and couple of hermit crabs in it, but I am getting ready to start stocking it. Will it be ok to start?
If it comes off easily, it is likely diatoms. Diatoms, or commonly brown algae though not a true algae, are common in new tanks. It takes a couple months for a tank's biologicy to establish and settle.
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