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perceypt 03-03-2007 06:00 AM

Help plse (brown stain)
i got a 20G tank with 4 zebra danios and 4 tiger barb( 1 died) so total 7. i got 1 cave rock and 9 plants(fake) decorations, last week i noticed thr 2 brown stains on top of the cave, ( i work in another state so i visit every weekend, my girl friend feeds them), so when i got bk this weekend the entire cave and the plants got this brown stain also the front glass and the gravel on that side. my fish's r fine..i have no clue what this brown stain is.. i got an air pump is tht the reason no idea, can anyone tell me hw should i clean this

goldfishboy 03-03-2007 06:25 AM

looks like algae, i think, i have it on my rocks and real plants too. I scrape it off now and then as i heard to much of it can be bad, but its natural and you will always get some in a tank. I see my fish sucking on it sometimes as well.

I left it for a bit long b4 i cleaned it off and when i did the algae clouded up the tank and i needed to unclog the filter the next day :?

hope this info is correct/helpful


Lupin 03-03-2007 06:37 AM

The brown stains indeed are diatoms. Otos would love to consume them.:) Diatoms will naturally appear in newly-setup tanks but should disappear as the tank matures.:)

perceypt 03-03-2007 07:05 AM

Oh sry i didn;t mention tht my tank is a month old, so is it algae or diatoms.

in both cases whts my options are, like hw i get rid of it (anything i can buy frm petshop to fix) or any fish can clear this...all suggestions r welcome

musho3210 03-03-2007 09:39 AM

its called brown algae but the correct term for it is diatoms. It is readily consumed by otos (i had a brown algae problem, introduced 2 otos and within 5 days the glass was sparkling clean). There isnt much to worry about this, if you dont want otos just clean it of with an algae brush, it is very easy to clean off.

perceypt 03-04-2007 09:16 AM

thanks for all ur inputs,,...helped me alot...i bought an algea brush and cleaned it all....i lv this forum

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