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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Planted tank in trouble

Hi i have a 10g planted tank that is in bad shape. All the plants, wood, sand, and glass have brown algae all over them and i dont know how to get rid of it. Can anyone please help me?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 12:44 AM
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Diatoms thrive on silicate and nitrates and usually though not always in low light conditions, so if the tank is new then a water change and some health syphon vacuum work will help clear silicate from teh water column. If possible a few of natures wonderful otociclus will chow on it off your plants and tank walls, bristlenose plecos will eat it too. In my experience diatoms pop up at the close to the end of a cycling tank point, but if your lighting is poor it will keep popping up to the point of brown sludge covering your whole tank. Others here may have different opinions on diatom algea though.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 03:54 AM
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What is your tank maintenance regimen like?

What are your water parameters? (Phosphate, NitrAte, NitrIte, Ammonia, PH)

What are your fert dosings? What about lighting? Filtration? Stock/Bioload?
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25% percent weekly and 50% once a month. I dose flourish excel 3ml every other day and flourish liquind fertilizer 3ml once a week. Also what is considered poor lighting?
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