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fishkeeper01 10-11-2012 01:21 AM

Brown algae
i have brown algae problem in both my betta tank and cichlid tank and i'm not sure how to get rid of it.

BruceF 10-11-2012 02:44 AM

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Is it scummy dirty type of diatoms or more hair like?

fishkeeper01 10-11-2012 05:19 AM

scummy, and when i use a magnet scrubber i see brown clouds come out when i go over corners and the magnet hits the new glass its going over.

BruceF 10-11-2012 01:38 PM

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Is it a new tank? The first thing to do is clean as much as possible out of the tank and keep the tank as clean as possible.

xavinovic 10-11-2012 02:23 PM

i have the same problem, its brown type of dust. its on the leaves i try to clean it by rubbing each leave but its alot of them it comes off but not all the way, is there a better way to get rid off that ?

BruceF 10-11-2012 03:09 PM

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Snails, shrimp, and otocinclus will eat it. Increasing the amount of light will often help but usually leads to green dust algae instead. If you are feeding fish decreasing the amount of food will often help. Increasing the amount of flow and filtration will help. Oxygenating the water, say by emptying 50% of the water and running a powerhead above the surface once a week will often cure the problem. Time is often a cure but not always.

fishkeeper01 10-12-2012 01:45 AM

ok well adding other fish is out because the outbreak is in a cichlid tank, also the tank was setup maybe 7months ago.

BruceF 10-12-2012 09:33 PM

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I really think it has to do with excess N.

fishkeeper01 10-17-2012 02:12 AM

would bn plecos be a way to help algae control?

Andrew H 10-17-2012 04:21 AM

It would be easier and better to find out what caused the algae bloom.

zzrguy 10-17-2012 01:19 PM

Otocinclus will eat it all up. I don't know how big your tank is, but mine is 29 gal and 5 Otocinclus ate and cleaned the hole tank of almost all of it in 4 days.

Sotty 10-17-2012 04:25 PM

but in a cichlid tank otos would likely be viewed as an appetizer:icon_eek:

fishkeeper01 10-17-2012 05:45 PM

See i dont have a clue of what causes it, i lowered amount of food, i do a regular weekly 25% water change, and i srub every last bit of it off the glass and rocks, and filters(not very hard cuz it comes right off, actually only takes a few min), but slowly it comes back. The tank is 45g.

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