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post #1 of 4 Old 04-06-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sure it's my lack of plants actually in the tank. Anywho, my plants are always brown with grime, even after I "clean" the tank. Not sure if this is an algae and if it is, if it's a good kind. I know its not a very descriptive post, I can post pics if needed. Hopin I can get some sort of help. If you need more info/pics let me know and ill describe more detail.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-06-2011, 06:28 PM
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how long has the tank been set up and what are the inhabitants?

Could it be diatom algae?

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-06-2011, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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oh umm tank has been set up about 8 months. right now I just have 5 guppies and 2 cory cats, and yes i know both do better in larger quantities. Just haven't had the best couple of months.

As far as plants I just have 2 (2 died a couple months back) they are Echinodorus Amazonicus (amazon swords)
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-08-2011, 05:12 PM
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If it easily rubs off the leaves (with fingers) it is likely diatoms (brown algae), usually only seen in new tanks; in older tanks, may be too little light. Can you post a photo of the tank, and a closeup of a leaf?

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