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01-31-2013, 08:04 AM #13
Wish I could cruise this site more often but it's a little more difficult due to my busy schedule. Thought I would hop on and give a little update.
I'm not aware of a spike in boron in my water supply. I posted in the past that the only tank I was having brown algae in is my main tank. The other two tanks are crystal clear with vibrant green healthy plants so I've been a little confused. I use the same water supply for all tanks in my house.
I did notice that the lighting for some reason wasn't as bright as it has been in the past (even though both bulbs were recently replaced) I took out the colormax bulb and added another 6700 T5 bulb in addition to the one I already have in there and immediately the tank brightened up. Not too bright though as I know that can cause green algae.
With this last water change six days ago, I swished my media really good, cleaned the substrate and also took out all the anubias nana petites and gave them a quick bleach bath. (thouroughly rinsed them with fresh water and prime before putting them back in the tank.) The other plants I couldn't bleach dip so I meticuously wiped every leaf off to the best of my ability. Couldn't get every speck of brown algae off but I did get quite a lot of it off the leaves.
So far the tank is bright,clean and sparkly. The plants are green again and the brown algae hasn't returned just yet. I also am cutting back on the amount of flakes I feed my fish by being the ONLY one to feed them. I was asking Hubby and 16 year old son to feed them for me sometimes when I wasn't able to and for some reason I think they may have been overfeeding.
Brown algae is a very ugly sight to behold so I'll keep an eye on things over the next couple of weeks and pray that it doesn't return
If by chance it does, I'll come back and try out the other posted suggestions.
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