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  1. Default Brown Algae Expert Needed!


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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 :-)
    Thanks!
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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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.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
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  4. Default Thanks!


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    Thanks for the links Hobbs!

    Fishguy?
    What do you mean a new bulb?
    Brighter? Different in color?
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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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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    Thanks for your help again. - Lady Hobbs goodbye reptileguy....hello Fishguy - Lady Hobbs For always giving me great answere's on my PM's. Thanks for all the help! - cocoa_pleco Thanks For Your Help & Knowledge! :) - MeganL3985 For weakening me against axolotls!!!!!!! - Nick_Pavlovski 
    I am baking today and figured I'd share...Thanks for Always Helping when it's needed! - **AquaQueen** For recommending Fluvals and Stealths - Lady Hobbs Merry Christmas :) - MeganL3985 Merry Christmas! - RichBowyer Thanks for the hikari help - Billythefish 
    No Message - LORENZO Merry Christmas - Northernguy merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO Merry X-Mas!! - The Red Severum 

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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.
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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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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