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Old 05-24-2015, 06:31 AM   #1
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Algae problems

I have a 18 gallon (70 litre) tank with a sponge filter, LED lights and a betta sorority of six inside this tank. I have 3 types of plants which are suffering from brown algae, I purchased a young bristlenose and reduced the amount of feed in the tank to try and reduce the algae as well as leaving the lights off while I was at a friends place this weekend but when I returned I'd found one of my favourite plants had died while the algae had only gotten worse now starting to turn the tips of my plants blue/black. Any advice on how to get rid of this without purchasing some kind of chemical? I'd really rather a permanent solution like an algae eater fish. Will cutting off the dying/infected leaves help?
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:07 AM   #2
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What your experiencing is a type of algae called diatoms, also known as new tank syndrome. With time and good tank maintenance diatoms resolve themselves. Knock as much loose as you can from everything and do a water change.

Bristlenose don't really favor diatoms very much, the only fish that really does is the Otocinclus Catfish. They can be very sensitive fish up to the point that they settle in to a given tank, a mature tank is preferable, with diatoms presenting in your tank I'd say it's mature enough for otos.
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