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bassbuster23 03-04-2008 05:41 AM

Rust-colored leaves
Hello, again.

As I was examining my tank last night, I noticed that all of the plants in my tank had obtained a "rust" color to some or all of the leaves. Any ideas as to what this is? Is it some form of algae? I have 2 clown plecos in this tank (which I'm starting to believe don't really eat algae :cry: ). What can I do to correct this problem? I do intend on adding some ottos to this tank, but am waiting on my local Petco to re-stock.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

GregV 03-04-2008 11:26 AM

Clown plecos unfortunatly are not algea eaters at all really, in the wild they actually get most of there energy from the cellulous in wood, and are found feeding en masse on wooden dams in south america. They will eat a bit of it, but better dedicated algea eaters are otto cats, many types of shrimp and siamensis.

is the leaf itself actually degrading or is it just coverd in a brown fuzz?

Holly 03-04-2008 09:04 PM

What substrate is in the tank also? My Flora Base will get stirred up every once in a while and it puts out a brown dust almost on my plants. Annoying but it doesn't hurt them.

bassbuster23 03-05-2008 05:37 AM

Rust-colored leaves
Greg: I don't think it's the leaves degrading because I've noticed some patches of brown spots on the glass in my tank. Some type of algae, maybe? Anyway, I added 2 ottos yesterday to see if this would help. I also added a small piece of driftwood for my clown plecos. If they're not gonna eat algae, I still want 'em to be healthy. :)

Holly: I'm not sure if it's a substrate problem. I'm using Eco-Complete for the Planted Tank substrate.

Hope this info helps get this resolved. Looking forward to your help/suggestions.

Thanks again.

jeaninel 03-05-2008 11:29 AM

It might be diatom algae. Is this a fairly new tank? I went through this with one of my tanks and it will eventually go away.

bassbuster23 03-05-2008 07:09 PM

My tank has been running without fish for about 5 1/2 - 6 weeks. I added my first fish on 2/6/08. I do dose my plants bi-weekly with Seachem Flourish. I also dose Flourish Excel every other day.

I probably run my lights more than I should. My plants probably get 14 - 16 hours daily. Is this too much?

If this is brown diatom algae, what is the best way to remove it? Will the ottos clean it up?


jeaninel 03-05-2008 07:16 PM

Ottos will eat diatom algae I believe. If you rub the plant leaves with your fingers does it come off real easy?

I set my 10 gallon up in mid January and the diatoms are just starting to go away. I don't have room for ottos so I just dust it off the plants and heater and wipe any off the glass and then do my water change. My lights are on for 9 hours/day.

Kittiyhawk 03-06-2008 07:44 PM

I believe you should shoot more for a 12 hour light cycle, rather than a 14-16 hour one. Maybe pick up a cheap timer if for your lights if you don't already have one.

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