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post #1 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Brown Stringy nasties (aglae?????? )

I have no clue what this crap is nor how to fight it! I have been fighting this for a long time in my Dwarf Puffer tank(s). I say tanks cause no matter what size tank I have my puffer in it shows up. It doesn't seem to matter how long I have my lights on for or what type of lights, doesn't seem to matter how much I vacuum the substrate, or what type of plants I have I get this stuff. Does anyone anyone at all have a clue to what it is??? How do you fight this?? Usually when it gets to the point it is now I end up having to tear down the whole tank and start over. This is the only tank I have that has this problem. The rest have never had this issue. They get some algae but just a little nothing major or out or the ordinary. I can control those but not my Puffer tanks junk!!! Help please
Right now the lights are on for 8hrs,
The bulb is a Ultrasun Sun super daylight bulb that's 1-2 months old.
I recently went to once a week on dosing Flourish comprehensive.
I also have some root tabs under some of the plants in this tank.
Temp is now 76.

Here is a video to show some of it.

On top of the stringy crap I get a protien film on the surface and brown slimy stuff on top of the leaves of my Water sprite.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 03:38 PM
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almost looks like so0me type of fungus or something, I got the same stuff in my container of where the lawn weeds are.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-16-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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I guess no body has any thoughts on the matter??
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almost looks like so0me type of fungus or something, I got the same stuff in my container of where the lawn weeds are.
almost looks like so0me type of fungus or something, I got the same stuff in my container of where the lawn weeds are.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-16-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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LoL I got that Mitch ..... but do you do to rid of it?
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-16-2013, 05:01 PM
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is the puffer tank brakish at all? been doing a lot of reading on brown slime algae and maybe even possibly some type of marine type algae. everything I come up with though points to says its caused by the same things. you saw it always shows up in the puffer tank, reguardless of which actually tank that is. do you only notice it on a few tanks on those plants only? does it eventually take over the tank?
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No its not a brackish tank. Dwarf puffers are fresh water only. Yes if I let it be it would take over the whole tank. Also its only been in my puffer tanks. No matter the tank, no matter the plants, or filter/flow. It eventually shows its ugly head.
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Only in the puffer tanks?
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Only in the puffer tanks?
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Yes, I have only seen it in the puffer tank. If its in my others it stays under control to the point I don't see it or notice it.

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Here's a thought. No snails in the puffer tank, right? Maybe in the other tanks with snails, they help keep it under control. I have the same problem with shrimps. In tanks that have shrimps I only get certain kinds of algae... other ones are eaten away by the shrimps. But in tanks where the inhabitants don't let me keep shrimp (eying YOU bettas...) I get a whole bunch of algae I have to remove myself.

Could something like this be the case?

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