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Brown algae

Discussion in 'Algae' started by srm1973, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. srm1973

    srm1973 New Member

    Jan 12, 2012
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    Got a question about brown algae, lightly planted my tank about about 6 weeks ago and then added more plants about 3 weeks ago. The plants have shown a bit of growth but are covered in brown algae which looks terrible. I added a young bristlenose plec last week and he's done a great job cleaning my amazon swords, I understand brown algae/diatoms will die off eventually but does it then come off the plants? Or will I be left with plants covered in dead brown algae? Thanks
  2. linelogic

    linelogic New Member

    Jun 28, 2010
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    Brown Algae should reduce over time as the tank matures. It would even reduce on the leaves on which it is currently present. You may have to do a bit of wiping off with a cloth/sponge on the bigger leaves, if needed.
  3. StanChung

    StanChung Aspiring Aquascaper

    Mar 2, 2008
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    Kuala Lumpur>Malaysia
    It can be wiped off. Get some Otocinclus affinis as well, they are less damaging to the plants and don't mess with the scape. Zebra otos are a lot more expensive but really nice.

    I find the starlight pleco to be a delightful addition as well. Lot of character and stays small.

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