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Old 01-29-2017, 06:37 PM   #1
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Question What's on my plants?

Weird brown dots? Fuzzy looking? I don't know what's wrong... please help. They finally look recovered from initial melting and now this.

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Old 01-29-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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Thats a tough picture. But it looks like diatoms.
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:45 PM   #3
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I could try to get a better pic, but my phone is old and terrible at everything.
What do I do to get rid of them? Are they hurting my plants?
I tried knocking it off, mostly it stayed put, but I scraped a little piece off and it got stuck to my wooden tweezers. Fish don't seem to care, Cory cats were laying on the leaves of my anubias despite it.
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If it diatoms its caused by silicates. It a normal part of a maturing aquarium. Brush off vacuum ect when you do wc. They will go away on there own.
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Okay, thanks. So it's not something to worry about?
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:31 PM   #6
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Nope rarely
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Well... the problem is worse than I thought. Went in with a paper towel to wipe off the brown stuff, and I found some green algae in the tank, on the walls and on the rocks. So now diatoms and green algae?! I hadn't seen it before, so it was a shock. Then I checked out my floating breeder box which my betta is in until he heals, and it was covered in green algae too. It stinks. I took it out and cleaned it with hot water and a paper towel, no soap (even a newbie like me knows better). But the stuff is still in the tank and I can't wipe it all out.
What do I do? It's been cycling for over a month with no problem. I'm thinking water change, but how much? 25%? 50%? Also, what do I do to stop the algae? It's gross and I don't think my little corys will eat it

Also... Will I get sick at all if I touched the stuff? I don't think it'll hurt me, but I don't have gloves or anything.
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Get some pictures so we can figure out what kind of algae. What kind of lighting do you have? How long is the photo period? No algae will not hurt you.
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It's green, really soft. On the walls and heater. No clue what kind of lighting; came from a kit, probably very basic. I'll try to get a pic, but my apologies if it's not great.
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Wall of tank and heater, was worse on another wall but I wiped it all out.
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