10-29-2013, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by aurorabynight
I am new to this forum and I am also a beginner freshwater tank owner. I have had my tank for about 4 months now. I have 1 raphael,3 schools of glow fish Tetras, and 2 snails. My tank is a 29 gallon and for about a month now I have this nasty brown algae growing all over my plants, rock and on the walls. What is it and how can I get rid of it? My tank looks horrible now and I just want to get it clean again.
I had a brown algae invasion the last few months and did some additional water testing for phosphates and silicates. Phosphates were minimal but the silicate reading was 8. I purchased phos-zorb and a small separate mesh media bag from the pet store. Opened the phos-zorb and added about half to the media bag which is long and skinny good enough for a 25 gallon tank. The original phos zorb is for 55 gallons. The algae is disappearing and so far, no new algae to be found. I retested the silicate level this week and they are down to under 2. Hope this helps someone.
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