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2 month old tank, getting thick film of brown algae

Hi im new to this forum and I think this is a good place to learn more about planted tanks. I have a situation with my 60 gallon where brown algae is constantly covering the glass and gravel. I have a 48watt light on there and its on about 10 hours a day, sometimes I leave it off. I dont feed too much because there isnt that many fish. should I add more plants? So far I have one anubias (spelling) and one wendtii.
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Welcome to The Planted Tank.

You don't have a lot of light over that tank. Once it has settled in and matured, you might want to think about increasing it to grow plants successfully.

For now, you will be constantly fighting algae with only a couple of plants in a tank that big. Throw in lots of fast growing stem plants, and you'll find the tank stabilising better.

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With only 48 watts over 60 gallons I would NOT add fast growing stem plants as they require more light energy than you have to survive.

Try cutting down on the amount of time your light is on. Brown algae is usually diatom algae. If it's soft and comes off the glass easily then diatom algae is what you have. It's very common in newly setup tanks and low light tanks. Otos will eat the stuff.
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In order to give you some specific advice on your setup, you should include a little more information. What is the tank dimensions, what kind of light, that sort of thing.

Does the aquarium get any sunlight? I had serious brown algae when I had a 10g in a window.

The main thing here is to get some more light. Otherwise, stem plants are only going to disintegrate in your tank. Minimum for you should be around 90W of flouro light, IMO.

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Im sorry, its a standard 60 gallon. The water is only filled 60% to prevent suicide jumpers. Ive added some bamboo plants wince the water level isnt that high. its a Helios T5-11 48 watts daylight. Im considering ordering some more, maybe 1 or 2 more. Yes the algae comes off easily with a credit card.
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Im thinking you might want to get acquainted with the basics of planted tanks. The amount of light you have over the tank is going to drive your methods for keeping plants. Check Rexs post above and follow the link to his site. Hes distilled the basics in a way that will get you savvy without having to spend hours sifting through internet posts trying to figure what to do.

Im betting with a 12 wide tank, youre going to be hard-pressed to get more than 2 fixtures of any kind over your tank. A second 48W fixture would put you in the ballpark for a nice low-light setup.

The good news is the brown algae usually disappears on its own after a bit. The bad news is another type usually follows. All of us have to exercise patience in this hobby, so dont get discouraged.

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Man your using your credit card to scrape out the algae???????????????
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Haha its an old credit card I dont use anymore. Anyways, the 48watt I have on my tank currently is very think, about 2-3" wide, I could easily fit 4 or 5 more on my tank. I think if I had a total of 3, it would be enough. Should I get another daylight bulb or an actinic one?
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Read my Guide.

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