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Brown Stuffness?


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    I have this brown stuff that covers just about everything in my tank. Most noticeably on the glass. I'm cleaning it off every day. Anyone else encounter this? Any idea as to what it might be? Diatoms maybe?
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    Sounds likely-

    Got a pic??

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    That's what it sounds like.

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    Does it go away when the light are out, and come back full force throughout the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Patrick View Post
    Does it go away when the light are out, and come back full force throughout the day?
    Good question~I'll have to pay attention tonight an see in the morn what it looks like. But I do believe it's worse during the day.
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    Does it look kinda like this??

    1027 diatom1 - Brown Stuffness? 1028 diatom2 - Brown Stuffness?
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    Is that what diatoms look like rabid?

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    either that or cyano bacteria but both are normal this time of the year...... especially with small systems ive noticed this when i was working for a lfs. i would try chemi clean
    http://www.marinedepot.com/Boyd_Chem...MERM-4-vi.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabidgoose View Post
    Does it look kinda like this??

    1027 diatom1 - Brown Stuffness? 1028 diatom2 - Brown Stuffness?
    Yup! But more so on the glass. Unless I can't see it on the rock. The SB looks pretty clean too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post


    Is that what diatoms look like rabid?
    Yes...Diatoms

    Quote Originally Posted by MizTanks View Post
    Yup! But more so on the glass. Unless I can't see it on the rock. The SB looks pretty clean too.
    Diatoms..... picturephp?albumid184&amppictureid1033 - Brown Stuffness?


    Diatoms thrive on excess nutrients, in particular silicate/silicic. I have noticed in new tanks and actually when adding new equipment (plastic) a boon in diatoms, however small. While I have know scientific proof or expertise on the matter it is a pattern I have witnessed more than once in my tank(s). A combination of manually removing, active skimming and an aggressive water change regimen should defeat this enemy in a reasonable amount of time. Various snails commonly offered by vendors may also play a role in eradicating diatoms.

    It is worth noting in the picture above, this is a worst case scenario, don't wait until your enemy is this well entrenched. While it might not be evident everything in the tank has diatoms on it and other algae to a much lesser degree. Of course if brown is your favorite color, disregard everything i've said......
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