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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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46 gallon bowfront..
2.6 wpg
3 1/2 inches Schults Aquatic Soil covered with 2 inches of black gravel.
3 jungle vals
3 bananna plants
2 unidentified large broad leafed apogenotons
3 unidentified tall very thin leafed apogenotons
3 "bunches" of rotalia
2 bunches of a plant very similar to rotalia, but with much more narrow leaves.
Fist sized growth of a small plant similar to glosso, floating, refuse to plant untill brown algae goes away.

All plants are growing, noticeably.

2 store bought yeast C02 generators connected to a very tall ladder.

fluval 304 with fairly large sponge on intake, all sponge and bioballs inside the filter.

tank was seeded from an established tank.

ph 7, kh 3, phosphates out of control... doing 50% water changes every day for a week dropped the phosphates down to 3 ppm. 3 days later they were above 5 ppm again. Resins had no effect whatsoever. My tap water is 1ppm phosphates.

15 cardinal tetras

5 ghost shrimp

5 ottocinclus

3 true SAE.

2 german blue rams.

The tank is now set up about a month, maybe a little longer...
and the brown algae is spreading faster than the algae munchers can munch. (At least the green algae finaly gave up!)

So, how long is the normal "brown algae stage"... and what can I do to shorten it?

Die brown algae Die!

(I cant afford every test kit known to man, so be gentle lol)
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Keep cleaning the gravel? Brown algae are caused by high levels of silicates common in new tanks. I'd say a couple more months.
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My 100 gal tank had about 2 weeks of brown algae, 2 weeks of green algae, and 8 days of green water... all in the first few months.

Your phosphate problem is probably extending the algae cycles. 3 to 5 ppm is really too much... sorry, I am not of much help here...


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I had a 10 that went through boatloads of brown algae until I got it out of the window. Don't know how that relates, if at all.

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I agree with the phosphates being too high... I have no idea where it is coming from, massiove water changes only seem to affect it for a day or so.
I give 2.6 wats per gallon of light for 12 hours per day.
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