08-24-2010, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BradSD
I have also noticed a little alge building up on the fake piece of wood.
That is diatoms, or commonly called brown algae. it is usual in new tanks, during the first 2-3 months normally. It will dissappear on its own. I would rub it off plant leaves but otherwise not worry. The normal algae-eating fish like Otos, Farlowella, Whiptails, plecos will eat this and common green algae. I don't recommend getting special fish just for this, but mention it in case you are planning such fish as part of the tank.