09-16-2009, 12:33 AM
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well from pictures it looks like a brown diatom breakout which is normal. For this you have many options. 1, get an algae eater. For a 60 gal, you have a lot of options, however although you have a 60 gal, it looks like its a tall tank so i would avoid algae eaters like pleco's since they grow very large. Otos eat brown diatoms diligently, but after they clean your tank, you will need to start feeding algae wafers. Also, otos need to be kept in groups 6 is best 3 is a minimum. 2. Let it go, after you tank cycles, most often than not the diatoms die naturally fall off and vanish. However this method you will have to deal with brown stuff until it dies. 3. algae scrapper. Get a mg scrapper or one of those stick kinds and scrub. Takes more effort and you will need to remove your ornaments, rocks etc to clean, can be a huge pain, but after cycling, it should vanish.
All fo the above requires taht you tank is balanced though, and that this algae breakout is a result of cycling. If you tank is unbalanced, sucha s too much light, not enough co2, etc. The brown diatoms will ebr eplaced with much more bother soem green algae, such as green spot algae, which almost nothing will eat, except plecos and even they will only eat it when starving or get something like BBA which only SAEs and some kinds of flag fish will bother with. Like money and twistermon said before,you will need a test kit or get your water tested both now and after cycling to get an idea of where your balance is at to really fix this problem long term.