10-27-2012, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ally1
sorry still haven't got any don't want the snails, would I need to keep the live plant in forever and can anyone tell me how to keep my artificial plants from going brown
Floating plants are the surest way of handling ammonia.
The brown, does it wipe off with your finger easily? If yes, this is likely diatoms. Common in new tanks, sometime during the first 2-3 months. After that, its preence may be due to low light, silicates (a type of mineral), or nutrients. In the absence of live plants, there is nothing to use nutrients so naturally some form of algae will apear.
If the brown does not easily come of, then it is another form of algae.