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jeff d
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brown alge
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:17:52 AM »

help all the white stones &ornements in my tank are turning brown
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010, 08:46:38 AM »

you know, this doesn't answer your question, but as a companion question, "Is all algae green?"
   I have stuff I thought was algae, but it's aslo a more of a brownish/reddish color. Is it algae? Something else? I don't want my snails to eat it if it's gonna hurt the funky little critters so I cleaned off most of it.  Huh
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010, 03:07:47 PM »

hi i think alge comes in green red &brown ? snails will eat it .just dont know what causes it
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 07:59:53 PM »

I realise that those posts are not the latest ones, but I had brownish-green algae growing
in our tank too. And yes, I believe algae grow in different colours and I was told by Nossie that our fish love
nibbling on green algae. They are like a snack for them.

But with the other ones, feel free to remove them.

So I did yesterday cleaning the tank, vacuuming the gravel, washing the pebbles and plants.
Those algae are slimy when you rub them off, you can feel it. Also they do not look nice.

I also added "Vita Pet Algae Control" into the fresh water and we decided to minimise the time
the light is on. Now only from 1pm to 9pm. We used to have it on from 6am to 9pm.
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 09:31:50 AM »

(Thankies, Hanna Smiley)

jeff d:: If things are turning very brown it could be that your tank might be crowded or that your filter isn't big enough, but I don't think it would be harmful to your fish, just a pain to clean d:
Although, it could be good for you to take a look at nitrates, which algae feed on. Algae tend to be a bigger problem in tanks without any live plants as well, if that would be an option.

While I'm at it, what size tank do you have and how many fish do you keep in it? You might want to test for nitrates just in case.
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jeff d
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 01:22:18 PM »

thanks Nossie  the tank is 18 gallons with live plants 2black moors 2 fancey &4black widows 70 deg
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 01:50:40 PM »

So then it could be a little bit crowded (: I assume that your fish are rather small for now though, but it could be good to upgrade to a bigger tank at some point since one goldfish needs about 10 gallons of water, meaning that your four goldfish need 40 gallons.
For now I think you just have to clean the algae off and change water regularly Wink
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2010, 04:35:19 AM »

nossie thanks for the advise i have room for another foot of tank so will start looking thanks again
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010, 02:53:19 AM »

Anytime! (:
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Hanna
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 04:00:05 AM »

Hello guys,

Since we reduced the light being on, now only 8 hours, instead of 12-15 there is hardly any brown algae growing in our tank.
I also removed the brown parts of the Elodea. Water is crystal clear, there are very little green algae and our fishies are happy.
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2010, 04:03:23 AM »

And of course I do appreciate Nossies advice, THANKS Nossie
And THANKS to katarine and Mindemae too

And  HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYBODY !
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2010, 12:22:20 PM »

Happy Easter! Cheesy

Good to hear that them algae have been reduced : D Btw, I bought a few things for the bigger tank today! I'll start setting it up next week as soon as I'll get home! (: (excitement!)
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2010, 12:35:14 PM »

Nossie,
I'm excited for you too!! Cheesy
What size tank did you get?  Is it the 10 gallon from your cousin or did you find a different one?
You'll have to take pictures when you have it all set up and post some on here.  You know we are all nosey fish peeps! LOL! Grin
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2010, 03:38:56 AM »

It's my cousin's tank, yea Wink I bought a nice air stone and a piece of tubing and some grovel for it, can't wait to put it together! *sparkle*
And I'll definitely show you some pics! : D

I can't get anything bigger until June or so, whenever we'll be moving (: I've got a nice piece of furniture that would be great under a 200 liter (53 gallon) tank! Cheesy
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2010, 06:14:20 AM »

WOW, this is really exciting, please keep us updated how things go ahead Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2010, 03:09:15 AM »

Sure! (:
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2010, 02:58:43 PM »

YAY NOSSIE -applaud- post pics ASAP Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2010, 04:23:58 AM »

Yeah, cannot wait to see your new tank, and it is so exciting to set it up and watch your fishies looking what your doing.

As we set ours up just next to the small one we had them in first, they observed everything we did and when it was ready
we let it cycle for 1 day ( I used some of the plants I had in the small one plus some new ones, also put some tank water in it, to get it cycled quicker ) and our fishies had flat little noses looking at that new world they could not swim to. And gee, when we put them into their new home, what a joy for them.
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2010, 03:15:12 AM »

Aww! How cute! (: I intend to place the new one somewhere close so they might just be interested Wink

By the way, I almost forgot about adding some water from the previous tank! O_O Thank you so much for reminding me!
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2010, 06:09:11 AM »

No worries Wink
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2010, 05:34:43 PM »

...back to brown algae...


they still are growing in our tank, not as much though. I read this can be a phosphate problem.
I prepare the weekly waterchange today. I added algae control again, but not only for the amount of the water I'll change but for the whole tank volume.

Hope this will reduce those brown things. Fishies are doing well, they do not show any unusual behaviour or discomfort.
Does anybody have experience in this matter?
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Re: brown alge
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2010, 02:57:01 AM »

I have a pretty ugly, brown carpet growing on my Anubias :C But I just clean that off with a soft cleaning cloth that I use for my tank (: It seems to work to some extent d: And my fish like eating it. You can actually see little patches of algae being bitten away on some places, it's a bit cute C:
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