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JHK30 12-28-2008 10:15 PM

Brown Algae Problem! HELP!
 
I have had brown algae for a while now and I scrubbed it off and cleaned all the decors and plants and its back again and its worse now how do i get rid of it? please help thank you!

Kim 12-29-2008 09:08 AM

Is it a planted tank? Do you dose any ferts? Is the tank in direct sunlight? You want to eliminate the cause of the algae, so we need a few more specifics.

JHK30 12-29-2008 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Kim (Post 160019)
Is it a planted tank? Do you dose any ferts? Is the tank in direct sunlight? You want to eliminate the cause of the algae, so we need a few more specifics.

No only fake plants, I don't know what ferts are, It isn't in direct sunlight,

Also can golden algae eaters eat brown algae?

fishkid 12-29-2008 11:30 AM

I wouldn't recomend those. They grow huge, and as they get older, they don't eat algae and get aggresive.

JHK30 12-29-2008 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by fishkid (Post 160055)
I wouldn't recomend those. They grow huge, and as they get older, they don't eat algae and get aggresive.

well ugh.. bad news I got one yesterday!

ok then what do you recommend that eats algae and doesn't get aggressive? and is in most pet stores. I have a pleco but it doesnt do anything and its getting to big I will need to sell soon.

bigk_54 12-31-2008 01:40 PM

Feel your pain !!! Have been dealing with it for a couple months now! Don't know if you read this..... http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...naments-18096/

Sucidemonkey 12-31-2008 01:46 PM

i say since you have no actual living plants shut off the aquarium light for a week. I did this when i had free floating green algea and it cleared it up super fast :P

bigk_54 12-31-2008 04:08 PM

I left my light off for a day and it seemed that the algea got worse! This might be ironic but, last week we got rid of all our live plants and suddenly a week later we have hardly any brown algea?!?!

rugie 12-31-2008 06:33 PM

jhk, the brown coating is not algae as we know it. it is a diatom, "it feeds" on silcia/silicates. usually these are used up fairly fast and the whole tank is free of them, however the silica can be replenished by water chgs/ makeup water. it can come from your substrate, esp if it is sand, or oranaments. can you fill us in on the afor- mentioned

rugie 12-31-2008 06:42 PM

when the silica is used up it will regress and all will be clean. there is nothing you can do except eliminate any sources of silica. it is harmless. but unsightly.


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