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post #1 of 19 Old 02-07-2013, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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My sand has alot of algae

I put this on another post, but I messed up. Thinking no one would see it.
I clean my aquarium once a week. For some reason there seems to be A LOT of brown stuff ...algae ?? or maybe fish waste ?? on the bottom of the sand, mainly in the back of the tank. What could this be ? Also some of the silk plants have a little of this stuff on them too. Nothing on the tank itself. It's very baffling. And it's driving me cRaZY !!!

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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Fish waste. Considering your relatively small fish load, your fish must crap a lot.... the really light coloured sand just shows it up easily. Darker sand hides more. You might be over feeding but it is hard to say that what you see as a lot may really just normal.

Here's a quick shot of my tank bottom and it has been almost a week without cleaning and my cleanings are not very thorough... 1 Betta, 12 cherry barbs, 9 emerald catfish and assorted snails. I couldn't tell if there was crap or not as that is the mottled colour of the play sand I used.

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Thanks !!!

Thanks JDM !!!! I use play sand, maybe I will toss in and mix some darker sand. !! It doesn't really look like pOOp though, I surly have that too !!! The tons of little curly things are on the same side of the tank. At least they all go to that side to use the restroom !

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It could be diatoms. Does it look like brown dust and wipe off easily?
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The tons of little curly things are on the same side of the tank. At least they all go to that side to use the restroom !
So siphon it out???

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post #6 of 19 Old 02-07-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I do a lot of siphoning poop and everything.And I know what the pOOp looks like. And I do clean the tank once maybe twice a week. This stuff looks like some type of algae. And I was just wondering if others were having anything like this if they were using sand.

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post #7 of 19 Old 02-08-2013, 06:06 AM
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I looked a lot closer at my sand and I see the poop, but I don't see what you are describing. I also don't have anything hanging out on the plants either... I guess if it were just fish crap it likely wouldn't also be on the plants.

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post #8 of 19 Old 02-08-2013, 08:42 AM
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Sounds like diatoms to me too. Can you post a few pictures?

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post #9 of 19 Old 02-08-2013, 11:07 AM
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A photo would help. I am thinking this may be detritus or mulm as we call it. This is the brown sludge that one sees in canister filters, clogging the pads. It occurs in filter tubes too. And it can settle on the substrate.

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Byron, I do believe that's what it is !!! I may not just have been cleaning as much as I should. Thanks to yall for yall's answers !

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