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post #1 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Brown film everywhere

I have a 2 month old 20 gallon aquarium with 1 Betta and 1 snail. I have a film on the glass, substrate, and plastic plants. It started out almost orange then turned brown....HELP!

1. what is it?
2. How do I get rid of it?
3. How do I keep it from coming back?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 07:49 PM
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Can you take a pic of it??

Have you tried to wipe it off the surface?? Does it come off easily? Or do you have to scrub it off?

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-17-2013, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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it wipes off the glass easily, it looks black on the pad I use. I don't have picture capability. The betta and snail are doing just fine.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-17-2013, 03:15 AM
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OK am betting and this just a guess here that is diatoms (brown algae). This can be common in new setups. 2 months old is still fairly new. It should go away on its own but in the mean time I would wipe it off the glass and the decor the best you can. Would also do a gravel vacuum and see it comes of the substrate. I would do this for a week or so and see if it stops coming back. If it doesn't then we can talk about other ways to get it to go away.
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