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Algae Question: What is this?

So I looked at my tank this morning, and saw this growing on my leaves. I did a 50% water change when I saw this and was able to easily vacuum. Is there something I should add to this tank, or will this clear up with regular water changes?



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So I was able to look at my tank in my classroom again today and noticed that all these little red fuzzy looking spots came back. I do not know what to do about this and am worried it is going to become an issue. Is there something I should do, or is this a normal tank cycling thing? The tank is only a few weeks old.
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I don't see the "algae" you are referring to. But, it does look like you have some terrestrial plants in the tank, which will soon start to die.

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All the plants I purchased were said to be fully submersible.

The algae, or whatever it is are the little red dots that are showing up on the leaves. They started on one side of the tank, and have now spread to all the plants in the tank. Maybe I am just imagining this to be an issue. I just don't know.
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Is it stuck to the leaves or does it brush off easily? My guess is that it is related to your red substrate. Your filter intake also seems to have some pink on it.

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It is easily vacuumed off the leaves. I guess that means it is not a big issue then to deal with?
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I would tend to agree that it's sloughing of the substrate paint since it's pink. The other algae which would resemble it would be diatoms but not pink. There's an aquatic plant that resembles those. For the life of me I can't think of the name right now. The first time I saw it I thought it was terrestrial so it stuck in my head, except the name lol.
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Re: Algae Question: What is this?

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All the plants I purchased were said to be fully submersible.
Lots of plants at stores are sold as fully aquatic but really are more of a marginal plant that will live if submersed for a while but would eventually die.

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Lots of plants at stores are sold as fully aquatic but really are more of a marginal plant that will live if submersed for a while but would eventually die.
i've witnessed this mislabeling personally at Petco. not to say all are bad, and i'm not extrapolating it to the entire company or anything - but I've lost faith in mine. I'm sure it would depend on the employees and how much they care.
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