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sinadyan 05-24-2008 08:49 PM

Beginner looking for plant and algae help
I have a 55 gal fw tank that has been up for about 3 months. Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20, ph 7, water very hard, at 300. I have a t8, 8000k bulb. Substrate small gravel. I have 6 angels. 3 plattys, 1 cory and 2 pleco. I have used fert tabs once about 3 weeks ago. I have 10 plants that were put in tank about 1 month ago. I was told by lfs these were good for my setup.I also have 5 sponge filters and a hob filter. I feed twice daily and it appears these fish pretty well clean up food. Water temp is 80F. Light is kept on for about 12 hours daily. Problem is I have started to get brown growth on plant leaves. I could use some advice as it really looks bad. My tank also has some fake plants till real ones grow enough. The brown wipes off with fingers,

Flashygrrl 05-24-2008 08:58 PM

Probably diatoms. It'll go away by itself

sinadyan 05-24-2008 09:03 PM


klosxe 07-08-2008 11:14 AM

Me too
I use to have something similar to what you are describing on some of my Amazon Swords. I had them in a 29 gallon community tank with just some java ferns and eelsweed. I had an algae almost identical to what you described. I then added a LOT of plants; over 150 $ worth from, and after those TOOK OFF, I noticed that the algae that was on my Amazon Sword had disappeared. I did more research and found that that it was in fact, a brown diatom. Flashygrrl was right in both her advice and diagnosis of your problem. The pics will make to for sure though.

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