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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Dense brown algae on lower parts of driftwood

Over the past couple of weeks some dense, fluffy, brown algae has started growing on a couple lower limbs of driftwood in my tank and around some fissidens. It is not widespread - but I would really like to get rid of it.

I have pond snails that have popped up in my tank - and they don't seem to do much with it. I also have a small number of wild-type neos - but not enough to eat the algae.

Is there someone else I can add to help eat it (no fish)? Will Amano shrimp eat this kind? Other snails? Local excel dosing isn't doing anything.
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Sounds like brown diatom algae. Otocinclus Catfish will eat it, but that is a fish ...
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It is a new tank (7 weeks) - so that makes sense. I had fluffy brown algae on things a few weeks ago and a layer of brown "dust" on the substrate for a while as well. The tank is stocked - so I would prefer not to add a different fish.
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