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brown algae

Postby lisah » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:03 pm

hi every one
I have brown algae developing on the gravel and a very small amount on the glass of my tank.

I have a 60l tank containing:-
3 silver tip tetras
3 leopard print danios
3 pearlescent danios
5 neon cardinal tetras
1 dalmation molly

i have a fluval u1 filter/pump
and sunglo 15watt light.

any advice re the algae
Thanks Lisa
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Re: brown algae

Postby Carylnz » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:25 am

Hi Lisa. Is this a relatively new tank? It is normal for fine brown algae to grow over the first few months. It will slowly disappear again over time as the tank matures. Just wipe it off the glass so it does not impede your viewing :-)
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Re: brown algae

Postby lisah » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:00 pm

Hi
Thanks for the reply
The tank has been gradually stocked over the last few weeks, but the equipment has been used before. I have been regularly testing the water and have on a few occasions has slightly high nitrate levels but nothing of great concern.
We did unfortunately lose 1 dalmation Molly early on and this week lost a neon tetra.
Think the Molly was a bit of a weak heart anyway as it never seemed to swim right and was very inactive.
Am continuing with daily 10% water changes to try and get the nitrate to 0.
I wanted to get something a bit showier for the tank but was advised that my danios might fin nip at any thing to elaborate. Any suggestions
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Re: brown algae

Postby Carylnz » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:46 am

Have a look at dwarf gouramis or the smaller species of rainbowfish
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