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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow What kind of algae is this?

Hey all

I could use your expertise is letting me know what kind of algae this is and how I can stop it.

The algae appeared under my new lights, it seems to be directly caused by them. My current photo period is 5 hours. My lights are two 23watt 6500k CFLs. The tank is a 125gal Red Eared Slider and Rosy Red Minnow tank. I'm trying to grow some Java Moss and slowly convert it into a fully planted tank so I added the lights over spring break.

These photos were taken by my mom. I'm away at college. If you need any better pictures you'll have to wait.

I should add that this is a low tech tank, no CO2 or ferts.

*Double edit*
I just realized that I posted this in the wrong section. I'm sorry.

Here are the pics.

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Looks more like brown diatoms. Common in newly setup tanks. I will probably go away on it's own. You could get a couple of ottos in there to control it.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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I thought it might be brown diatoms too. Except this tank has been setup for quite a while now. The only thing new are the lights.
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