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Exclamation PLEASE HELP: ID this algea, brown stuff eating away my recent flooded tank from DSM

so i had this tank set up as DSM for about two months, just recently flooded about two weeksago, everything went great until i noticed my rocks were instantly brown one day, i have dry ferts, just waiting for my tiny spoons to get here to dose, im assumin its from the light being on for about 9 hours a day, im running high co2 about 5bps and i noticed a little algea before, and some melting, i dosed a tiny bit of excel but not much since i didnt want my plants to melt away..... but now it looks like this....


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i've been doing water changes 2x a week and complete changes, about 90% of the water, i dont have any livestock in it, trying to grow a carpet first maybe its from the flourite?? i have flourite under my eco complete

please help, wanna correct this fast and get my tank back on track before its too late


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Diatoms are the most common thing also called brown algae.
It is easy to dislodge with even a soft brush, but hover really close with the siphon to get it out. It will keep coming back for perhaps a month or so, then not be much of a problem.

Diatoms need silica in their body. When rocks, many substrates and even glass is first submerged there is silica in the water. Removing the diatoms is removing the silica. If they just die in the tank their silica is recycled into new diatoms.

Several fish will eat it including Otos and Mollies. If your tank is stable enough to introduce fish, you might try a few Otos. Be sure to clean up their waste, it is high in silica.
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I think ramshorn snails will also eat that.
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Diaton algae, adding duckweed clears it up really well.
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oh man never add duckweed.

NEVER
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I recently had a very similar experience. I have seryu stones in mine. 2 months in I had a diatom outbreak with the brown sludge on my anubias mostly but also some rocks. I used a diatom filter simply because I did not want to wait 2 months for them to naturally go away. It worked.
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oh man never add duckweed.

Never
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lol,

YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER!!!
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You will never get the duckweed out of your tank.


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ha ha ha i HATE DUCKWEED..... ITS THE DEVILS PLANT.... i will never use it again!!

thanks guys for all your input, i really appreciate the time an effort! i will just leave it be for a bit, scrub here and there and dose regularely then introduce some ottos


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oh man never add duckweed.

NEVER
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The stuff is a PITA to take out of your tank once in. Find a different route, maybe like Salvinia or Red Root Floaters if you'd want floaters

Ottos love diatoms and will eat it right up. Same with even pond or ramshorn snails. Plus, the snails can last through a cycle so it's even better (except for the multiplying part)! My RCS also eat this stuff

You could also use a small brush like someone else stated earlier to rub it off

Your last option would be just to let nature do it's thing. Diatoms go away after having the tank up and running for about a month to 2 months. It just goes away on its own.


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hmmmm well maybe i'll toss in a snail, just to see what happens lol, and its not bad, it hasnt affected the plants much, mainly just the rocks and a little of the glass im not quite sure its cycled enough for some ottos but we shall see, havent really added anything to help cycle the tank, but its been flooded for about a month now....


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Man some amano shrimp will do
The trick. I don't care for snails, they do the job, but they multiply. But what ever you do don't even mention duck weed the algae at least goes away


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ha ha duck weed is seriously the devils plant...... it comes from hell, im almost certain of that, its destroying a massive 80lb driftwood i had covered with java moss and took a year to grow in, and now its destroyed.....

what about nerite snails? or assasins? i have a bunch of those and they dont seem to multiply as bad as the usuals


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I am not a snail guy, some folks love them and get great results


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so i put in one snail for now, its starting to go away, my guess is from my fert dosing

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