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Old 02-17-2017, 01:37 PM   #1
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Plants have brown film

So as you all know I just did a gravel change, there's a brown film on my plants that comes off if I rub the leaves, is this the dust that stained them or maybe diatoms, if so how do I treat, I read spot treatment with peroxide opinions would be great.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:56 PM   #2
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Trying to fix pics
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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Don't know why the pics are sideways
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Pictures of the plants when I rub them they feel rubbery thinking algae

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I had a similar problem on crypts, my nitrites were way way high so I assumed it was diatoms, once it's advanced I couldn't remove all of it by rubbing, I even used a soft tooth brush on them

It was most likely my tank still establishing itself, my nitrates went back down on their own (I didn't change my pwc schedule), but I had to trim my crypts a little at a time bcuz "infected" leaves were all fuzzy brown and new leaves were coming out clean

Dunno if you have the same thing, BTW I did use some prime to keep my fish safe from the nitrites
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No I have no problems there, tank parameters are perfect ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Water temp 78
Nitrate 25
Ph 7.5

I do dose ferts maybe I'm over doing it I'll look it up and do some research
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Your tank will be high in silicates from sand and it looks like texas holey rock. The diatoms will pass
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Yeah it stopped spreading by now although it didn't go away, I bought some nerite snails and they ate most of it by now
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Plants have brown film

Not sure what kind of tank you have but mollies will devour diatoms. I have a few tanks and when ever I need ornaments cleaned or my Anubius or java fern cleaned I just put it in my molly tank and they go crazy over it.
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