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  1. #1

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    Default Identifying a algae at the bottom of a gravel free aquarium. Please help me.

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    Hello guys,
    I need help in identifying a algae type growth at the bottom of my tank which has sprung up in 9 to 12 days. The only thing new I introduced into the tank was a new lighting system and a bunch of Elodea plant strings. I have included a photo, if someone could let me know if it is beneficial or not I would greatly appreciate.

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    Brown algae? If I'm not mistaken? Its beneficial and is eaten by many algae eating species. It started showing up in my 10 gallon tank after I changed the lighting. My Nerite Snails love it.

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    Google some pics of Diatoms to see that is what you have

    It does looks like it from your pic. Is it easy to wipe off ?
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    I have the same thing in the bottom of most of my tanks. My snails and bristlenose go crazy over it. Whatever they dont get I just wipe off when I do a water change. My money is on the new lights or you're getting some kind of sunlight on the tank. I get direct sunlight on most of my tanks and those are the ones that get that.
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    Do be aware that the dreaded blue-green algae, which isn't algae, looks brown and it too, is easy to wipe off. Often starts on gravel. Check your nitrates and if over 10 ppm and with more intense lighting, BGA can grow, as well. If your algae eating fish (if you have them) won't touch it, and it gets thick (mat like) than it is BGA.
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    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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