hair grass problem - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Dugsul808's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Honozulu, USA
Posts: 319
hair grass problem

i have started my planted tank about a week and half ago and i notice this brown thing growing on the side and front of my tank. i also found it on my hair grass! does anybody know what this is?



Dugsul808 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Dugsul808's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Honozulu, USA
Posts: 319
sorry for the bad pics, photos were taken by my iphone
Dugsul808 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 10:55 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Shrimpo_Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 578
I also noticed a small brown inner stain on the glass close to the dwarf hairgrass in my tank.
Shrimpo_Brian is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 11:03 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Zorfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 1,856
Probably diatoms. It's pretty common in new tanks. It should disappear on it's own. It will get worse before it gets better. Water changes will help but may prolong the cycle.
Zorfox is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Dugsul808's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Honozulu, USA
Posts: 319
Could it be brown algae?
It's easy to wipe away but It came back in a 2 days
Dugsul808 is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 04:35 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Zorfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 1,856
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dugsul808 View Post
Could it be brown algae?
It's easy to wipe away but It came back in a 2 days
It's possible. Typically diatoms wipe away easily, brown algae does not. Diatoms are prevalent in new setups. Diatoms also grow quickly. Everything seems to point to diatoms. Ever hear the phrase, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
Zorfox is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 05:05 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Aquarist_Fist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,322
I don't think it's a duck though. Ducks have beaks and feathers. I think it's diatoms. Which will go away quickly. No reason to even try and clean them off, except maybe on the front glass.

Pimp Club Member #313

Villatalk.com - Let's go Claret and Blue!
Aquarist_Fist is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 09:09 AM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 28
Lol exactly what I have in my tanks, it will come back haha, just wipe it away no worries.
mc1973 is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 12:08 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
happi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 2,850
Send a message via Yahoo to happi
you are not using co2 or excel, right?
happi is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Dugsul808's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Honozulu, USA
Posts: 319
Quote:
Originally Posted by happi View Post
you are not using co2 or excel, right?
No I'm not
Dugsul808 is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 08:51 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Posts: 46
Same issue starting in mine. Tank is about 1.5 months old now. Am dosing co2...
bbergeron is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 10:11 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
happi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 2,850
Send a message via Yahoo to happi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dugsul808 View Post
No I'm not
then that's your issue.
happi is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 10:39 PM
Planted Member
 
javajive1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: peterborough
Posts: 194
Re: hair grass problem

It looks like diatoms to me especially if it comes off easily. They will just disappear after a while. Mine took about two months. I didn't use anything just kept cleaning it off then a water change.

Sent from my GT-S5830i using Tapatalk 2
javajive1981 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome