Brown Algae issues

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  1. H2OGirl

    H2OGirl Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi Everyone!

    My tank seems to have a bit of a problem: brown algae is on some of the tank surfaces (not a lot, and it doesn't seem to be spreading). A little research told me that this algae is actually diatoms, which makes sense, since they brush off easily when I touch the surfaces. So, can anyone recommend a good algae-remover (copper-free, of course...I'm getting a bimac), or should I just wait this one out?

    Thanks.
     
  2. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    If you can, check your silicate levels...(if you don't have that particular test kit, ask your lfs to do it for you )...they may be elevated...
    Personally, I prefer physical removal as opposed to chemical...less chance of problems that way!!! Scoop it up, take it out...once the food base for it has gone away, so will the ugly brown goo...
    greg
     
  3. flash02161

    flash02161 Cuttlefish Registered

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    I always use my magnetic scrubber...comes right off....also, in my freshwater experience, when brown algae shows up allover, i generally have high nitrate levels....im not sure that the same goes for saltwater though...
     
  4. ant

    ant Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    DO ALOT OF WATER CHANGES AND KEEP TAKING IT OUT WITH A SIPHON HOSE trust me
    you dont wanna learn the hard way. I had some in my tank...just a lil... and it turned to a little more then alot more. Now i gots yellow on the bottom that dont come out with little effort.
     
  5. DocFrye

    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    Hmmmm. Every Saltwater tank that I have ever set up has a bloom of diatoms early in the cycle. I just wait it out and add a clean up crew. The bloom has always went away within a month. Most of the reef and nano boards I frequent talk about diatom blooms going hand and hand with either (1) a cycling tank, or (2) high silicates like Greg stated earlier.
     

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