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    I am just about out of ideas on how to rid my tank of brown algae.
    I scrape it off and it is back the next day. I have tried massive water changes and used several products to no avail.
    I was told it could be some slate that I put in there, but I removed it months ago and no help.

    The tank is up since 9/06. The water perameters are perfect.
    I was wondering if maybe the cichlid lake salt or buffers or epsom salt I use contain phosphorous or silicates?

    Maybe I should just change out the water and add back nothing?
    Any ideas?
    It is ugly!
    I tried algae eaters but my cichlids torment them :-)
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    Here's a link about algaes.

    http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/algae.htm

    Is your tank getting enough light?

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    Brown algae is a low light algae, usually getting a new bulb will fix it. The newer bulb will favor green algae over brown.
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    Thanks for the links Hobbs!

    Fishguy?
    What do you mean a new bulb?
    Brighter? Different in color?
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    My whole convict tank is based on slate, the gravel is small slate, and the cave is made of slate, I had an outbreak a while back, when you 1st started talking about your problem, but it ended up just going away, and all the slate is still there.

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    Fluorescent bulbs constantly lose intensity and shift spectrum. By about 6 months they are relatively weak (even if we can't see a difference). Buying a new bulb will provide a more intense light in the original spectrum of the bulb. This can usually shift the favor for algae from brown to green.
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    Thanks Crackatinny!

    Thanks Fishguy!
    I understand now....

    I hardly use my light to begin with because the fish don't like it....
    Maybe I can just leave it on longer when I get a new bulb.
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    They're get used to more light. My tanks are all lit 12 hours a day. Sometimes even more.

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