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Old 11-15-2004, 09:10 AM   #11
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I would suggest, IMHO, to stay away from any kind of quick fix chems for your tank. They only hide, and cover up problems. Eliminating them is the best way. In your case, all you have to do is wait. If you want to, you can clean the brown stuff the best you can. Yes, it will come back, but it may give you alittle peace, until this process is over.

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Old 11-15-2004, 09:30 AM   #12
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Hi JohnS and Welcome...
I am a total neebie here too and feel your pain...
I don't have to invite people over, it's my husband that is the problem!!!
The brown in my tank is subsiding so there is a light at the end of the tunnel! In mine, the snails even had brown algae on them, yuck. Anyway, patience, patience and a little more patience.
I was actually under the impression that I was patient until I started this! It's all good and sounds like your going down the right path.
Look at it like this, by Christmas it will look good! And 6 months to a year, it will look great. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! haha!
Best of luck and hang in there! It's worth it! 8)

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Old 11-15-2004, 11:27 AM   #13
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Like the others have said it will pass in time. Brown sounds like diatom algae, Normal....
to answer your question on how long.... Normaly a few weeks but every tank is different. Your using Tap water? Have you had this checked for heavy metals, nitrate, phosphates. All this stuff can cause algae blooms and lead to problems as the tank matures. Most use ro/di water which is great water.
Main thing is to take your time and read,read and read some more. Asking questions is also a good thing.

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