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post #81 of 86 Old 02-22-2012, 11:07 AM
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hey guys sorry ive been off for while but lifes hectic, the brown stuff is spreading so im assuming its algae its on everything, my filter, glass, gravel etc, when i did a water change i wiped some off easy enough but it came back, how do i get rid of it?
Someone here will be able to provide more details, but I'll take a stab at answering in the meantime. The bottom line for controlling algae is balancing nutrients. Two easy steps you can try for starters:
1) cut the duration of light
2) avoid overfeeding

If you don't have plants, you can leave the light off altogether for awhile and see if that helps control the bloom. You might think about adding plants as their ability to assimilate nutrients will help prevent algae. If you already do have plants, put your light on a timer and slowly cut back the duration until you find the right balance. For me, 10 hours appears to be the magic number in a moderately planted tank.

Good luck, Amy.

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post #82 of 86 Old 02-22-2012, 11:18 AM
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Onemanswarm is correct but with respect to green algae. We're dealing here with diatoms (presumably, as it is brown and easily comes off).

This is common in new tanks for 3 months or so. The common "algae" eating fish will handle this, otos, Farlowella, Whiptails, Bristlenose pleco, etc. But I do not recommend getting any fish just for this, as this can create other issues. I only mention these since if you have them or want any of them as fish, they will handle diatoms.

Once the tank stability is achieved, diatoms should not reappear. If they do, then it may be due to silicates in the tap water and/or low light. Which is why turning off the light will only make this worse. Silicates is more of a concern; silica sand for instance will promote these in many situations, and silicates (a mineral) can be present in tap water. If asked, I can dig out some info on this. But I'm assuming this is a fairly new tank, so this is a temporary issue and I previously suggested methods to deal with it.

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post #83 of 86 Old 02-24-2012, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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I spoke to my pet shop and they advised some sort of catfish" occinous" or something I can't remember exactly , to eat the algae, as it's brown algae they say light won't affect it but if I can't clean it out of the tank entirely it will keep coming back, is this correct? Are they just trying to sell me more fish? I'm pretty sure I dont over feed as I only have the 4 guppies I feed every other day and my water parameters are always correct now, so should I buy the catfish ? Or wait and see what happens

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I spoke to my pet shop and they advised some sort of catfish" occinous" or something I can't remember exactly , to eat the algae, as it's brown algae they say light won't affect it but if I can't clean it out of the tank entirely it will keep coming back, is this correct? Are they just trying to sell me more fish? I'm pretty sure I dont over feed as I only have the 4 guppies I feed every other day and my water parameters are always correct now, so should I buy the catfish ? Or wait and see what happens
Adding fish means adding to the bioload. And I am not an advocate of adding fish just for this or that, unless of course you actually want the fish as a fish, and the "help" is a bonus. Otos need company, 3 or more, and do better in soft water which is not what livebearers can handle.

Also, if this is tempeorary (as in new tanks during first 3-4 months) it should dissappear. If it is present in an established tank, the cause should be discovered and dealt with. Silicates (a mineral) in the water are often responsible, and there are ways of dealing with that.

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post #85 of 86 Old 02-26-2012, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Shall I assume it is because it's a fairly new tank then and see what happens?

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post #86 of 86 Old 02-26-2012, 08:45 AM
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It sounds like diatoms.

As per Byrons response earlier in the thread, it will clear over time and can be beneficial to some fish.

If it is getting quite bad, then as mentioned, a simple clean will remove it.

Reducing the duration your lights are on as well can help it from spreading any more.

A Bristlenose Pleco will help to clear some of it, they stay small as well.

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