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Brown Algae

Post by rkraposa on Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:57 pm

So....anyone have any thoughts on brown algae on in my substrate?
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by theswede on Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:15 am

Brown(silicon) algae is usually found in new setups. Because the filter and substrate have not yet matured. Usually disappears after a few weeks when the tank has matured.
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by rkraposa on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:59 am

When is it considered matured? It is almost 3 months old.
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by football mom on Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:02 pm

I believe the brown algae (someone correct me if I'm wrong) is actually diatoms.
I had a couple of mature tanks that still had it on the glass and found that the baby
BN will feed on it, but when I added a zebra nerite snail or to the tank, it's gone and not come back.

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Re: Brown Algae

Post by rkraposa on Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:26 pm

Definitely diatoms. From what I've read....there are many causes. Anything from my local tap water to the fact that it is still a fairly new tank to lighting conditions. It happened very quickly. I'd like to know what caused it.
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by Aura on Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:13 pm

rkraposa wrote:When is it considered matured? It is almost 3 months old.
Some of my tanks are 7 years old and I still get it! What a Face That's why I like to keep a supply of bristlenose.
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by rkraposa on Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:17 pm

Never heard of that??
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by momsfishn on Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:39 pm

Yep, those Bristlenose sure do love that stuff. Laughing
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Re: Brown Algae

Post by jmcfive on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:03 pm

Bristlenose, or another 'compatible' algae eater will do the trick!

limiting the light cycle will also help keep it under control. My lights are only on for 12 hours a day, max, but I still have it onthe rocks... They eat it, at times, so I don't bother trying to get rid of it; I just keep the glass clean so I can see into the tank.
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