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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Brown Dusting on plants

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Ive got a brown dusting on my plants, it looks like brown dots on the leaves, I am wondering if this is diatoms or if its another form of algae that i need to take care of. It is hard to get a picture because the dots are to small to capture with my phone and i dont have access to a camera.

Could this be diatoms??

I just did a tear down and replaced substrate in my 20 gallon.

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were the dots present before you replaced the substrate? if not, wouldn't it be safe to presume it's dust from the substrate settling?
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were the dots present before you replaced the substrate? if not, wouldn't it be safe to presume it's dust from the substrate settling?
I cleaned my plants off to make sure they were pristine before putting them back in the tank, when I filled the aquarium I had no cloudy water it was clear within 5 minutes. Would it take that long for particles to settle?


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5 minutes? sure i've had crap floating around in my tank just after vacuuming the substrate for longer than that.
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Please post a pic of any kind. This will help us out significantly.
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here are some of the best pics i could get of it, I wanna catch it before it takes over. What is it?

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thiat is what i meant by a "dusting"
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Looks like a candidate for OralB extra soft. That works for me if I get one of those creepy, brown, nondescript algaes...

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Looks like a candidate for OralB extra soft. That works for me if I get one of those creepy, brown, nondescript algaes...

Im unfamiliar with what your referencing?
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Im unfamiliar with what your referencing?
A soft-bristled toothbrush. Doesn't have to be new; just keep your old one when you replace it. My plants could use a good brushing too, now that I think of it.
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A soft-bristled toothbrush. Doesn't have to be new; just keep your old one when you replace it. My plants could use a good brushing too, now that I think of it.
Okay now I understand I've done that before it is just so time consuming to get to every leaf


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It looks like diatoms. An Oto would eat it, but otherwise, diatoms just disappear after about a month. I've had them on my plant leaves and didn't do anything. It just disappears. A toothbrush will just make them disappear faster.
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It looks like diatoms. An Oto would eat it, but otherwise, diatoms just disappear after about a month. I've had them on my plant leaves and didn't do anything. It just disappears. A toothbrush will just make them disappear faster.
Where to get an oto at?


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Re: Brown Dusting on plants

Fish store. Otocinclus. Not a store like petsmart.
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Fish store. Otocinclus. Not a store like petsmart.
Problem is I don't have a fish store that's not pets mart or petco


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