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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Orange/brown algea

Hello. I have a serious problem.. I just got this 10 gallon tank around the beginning of January and just recently, it had just exploded with this orange/brown algae! This has never happened before in any of my tanks. My betta doesn't seem affected by it but can anyone please help? Here are some pics. Anything would be helpful! Thank you so much!

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good news is, it's not harmful, bad news is i have no idea how to get rid of it besides just scrubbing it off.

i have the same sort of stuff in a few of my tanks and my best guess is it's from over feeding, but i'm not certain. my guppies will peck at it but they never get enough of it to make a dent in it.
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It's diatom. It usually happens in new tanks and is supposed to disappear eventually. It's not because you neglect water change or overfeeding. I do partial water change three times a week and have diatom. Silicate is the cause. It's not pretty buy harmless as long as you don't have live plants. It's much better than other kind of algae. You can clean with your finger and vacuum when you do water change.


You are lucky you don't have live plants. It's so annoying and covering my plants. It's killing them It almost makes me to get new plants to replace them. Needless to say, I love trying new plants.
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good news is, it's not harmful, bad news is i have no idea how to get rid of it besides just scrubbing it off.

i have the same sort of stuff in a few of my tanks and my best guess is it's from over feeding, but i'm not certain. my guppies will peck at it but they never get enough of it to make a dent in it.
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It's diatom. It usually happens in new tanks and is supposed to disappear eventually. It's not because you neglect water change or overfeeding. I do partial water change three times a week and have diatom. Silicate is the cause. It's not pretty buy harmless as long as you don't have live plants. It's much better than other kind of algae. You can clean with your finger and vacuum when you do water change.


You are lucky you don't have live plants. It's so annoying and covering my plants. It's killing them It almost makes me to get new plants to replace them. Needless to say, I love trying new plants.
Thank you guys so much! I'm glad it isn't harmful! Also I'm sorry your plants are being killed:( I'll just take out the plastic plants, clean them and scrub off the algae!

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>>UPDATE<<

Hey guys! Just wanted to update you guys on the algae problem I was having. I had to clean everything in the tank. Sand, house, plants, filter, heater, glass. After about 2 1/2 hours, I got the tank lookin brand new! The fizzy pellets are working great. The tank is still clearing up but all is well! Sushi is very very happy! Here are some pics!

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