04-07-2011, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
Its a bladder snail, I have those along with like 3 other types of hitch hiking snails lol. Diatoms are called brown algae. It shows as a brown dust on plants. Very common in any newly setup tank. Good thing about it though is lots of fish find it tasty. Diatoms tend to show up within the first few weeks of setup and will often go away on their own after a few weeks. You can also get some otos once your ammonia is under control.
Thanks for the info! I have another question. Should I be using fertilizer at this point or do I need to wait because of the algae? I got some flourish comprehensive have used it once . Also I think I have alittle of the diatoms already on some of my sword plants. I will keep a closer eye on my ammonia lvls for now on don't wanna kill anything. Though today is the first I have seen it at zero since I put plants and fish in last week Soo I hope I am heading in the right direction!