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DanMarion 05-22-2010 05:13 PM

Brown Algae
 
One of my 10 gallon aquariums developed a pretty nasty looking brown algae infestation. I temporarily rehomed my bulldog pleco in there to see if he would eat it, and he did. All of the smooth surfaces and the larger decorations are now algae free. The problem is that he isn't touching the algae on the fake plants. I don't want to take them out and clean them for fear of killing off my BB filter.


Thoughts?

aunt kymmie 05-22-2010 09:54 PM

How long has this tank been set up? Brown diatoms are VERY common in new tanks (plecos and otos LOVE the stuff) and after a time it will usually completely abate.

DanMarion 05-22-2010 10:13 PM

The tank is about 2 months old, fully cycled. So it should just go away in time?

aunt kymmie 05-22-2010 10:16 PM

I would think so. It looks like brown "fuzz", yes??

DanMarion 05-22-2010 10:29 PM

Something like that. Kinda slimy looking too.

aunt kymmie 05-22-2010 10:33 PM

It sounds just like brown diatoms. It should go away soon enough. :-)


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