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Old 06-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #11 
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Yes I have to agree. Brown algae is probably the most annoying. I've found that common pond snails really just wipe it out completely. I'm planning to get a bunch and release them like an army in my tanks so I don't see it again.

Also beware the pond snails reproduce worse than rodents. They are also extremely good and contribute to producing infusoria. Also it has some to do with not enough water changes and too much lighting. I can't change my water all the time because I don't want to disturb the pair.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #12 
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Hmm maybe thats why i have icky brown algae in my spawning tanks all the time... I usually leave the light on (during spawning) unless there is no one in there. there is plenty of light from the windows soo... hmmm Im gonna leave it off more often. :) Thanks for mentioning that!
If there is a lot of algae growing in the tank, then your nitrates are probably way too high..... Algae does not grow on just water, it needs nitrates.

More water changes are in order....

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #13 
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Yeah, that's what I said. Also from too much lighting. Well that's for brown algae.

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If there is a lot of algae growing in the tank, then your nitrates are probably way too high..... Algae does not grow on just water, it needs nitrates.

More water changes are in order....

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Old 06-23-2012, 10:42 PM   #14 
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IDK y there is brown algae in a tank w no fish and only live plants. Nothing dead. I used to have pond snails in there and there was no algae at all. as soon as I got rid of them is when all my issues started. I just cleaned out the tank and added a few pond snails so will see what happens. Ive also kept the light out altho I should turn it on for a few hrs a day bc of the java moss.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:32 PM   #15 
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The snails should eat the algea.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #16 
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A little bit of algea is normal. Brown or green same thing... Excessive algae is an indicator that you have too much Nitrate in the tank. Eliminating light will take care of some of the algae, but not the cause.

I have been putting the used aquarium water on my houseplants and outdoor garden. Everything is growing great this year!!!

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Old 06-25-2012, 09:36 PM   #17 
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1. IMO around 4 months.... not really sure .... tiny fry mixed with 4 month old will grow normally. So I assume abiut 4 months.
Any one else have an idea or have done reading or have experience to supports this? This is a very interesting question and answer. Thanks for the answer.

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Old 06-26-2012, 05:21 AM   #18 
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It's the lighting and not Enough water changes. The snails controle the brown aLgae in the tank and brown algae is just the skeletons of *Diatoms and the pond snails just wipe it out completely. Also I keep the light on for my live plants a couple of hours as well so they can grow more.

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IDK y there is brown algae in a tank w no fish and only live plants. Nothing dead. I used to have pond snails in there and there was no algae at all. as soon as I got rid of them is when all my issues started. I just cleaned out the tank and added a few pond snails so will see what happens. Ive also kept the light out altho I should turn it on for a few hrs a day bc of the java moss.
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Guess I find it strange that I will have brown algae within a week or less. surely with only live plants in there I shouldnt need to change the water after a 100% change within a week? LOL Thats why I was baffled!
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