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Old 08-14-2012, 01:58 AM   #1 
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Brown Algae?

So there is what I assume to be brown algae growing on both of the shells in my tank. Its making the shells dark brown Is this bad for the tank?

I saw My ghost shrimp eating some of it away till his stomach turned brown and he had his fill.

10 gallon tank,heater,sponge filter, Under gravel carbon filter If this helps and I also use lighting.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:00 AM   #2 
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Diatoms? Harmless, yet ugly. The shrimp will be fine. It just means that there are excess nutrients in the water or there needs to be more light.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:02 AM   #3 
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I literally keep the light on for over 15 hours lol. Its a foot long Florescent light tube thing.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:54 AM   #4 
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Ha! I have Diatoms. Nasty little algae. BUT! I have green algae, too. Yeah!
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:54 AM   #5 
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Well seeing as its doing no harm and only going on 2 little flat shells I'll keep it in there for my shrimp to eat. lol
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:24 AM   #6 
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I've got this stuff taking over one of my planted tanks, and its so irritating. If it spreads to the point of irritation (like it is for me) I definitely recommend scrubbing it off with a tooth brush or something similar. In my tank, it has been out competing some of my plants (which is very irritating), so I'm constantly scraping it off.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #7 
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I've got diatoms in almost every single one of my tanks. Nothing to worry about. I scrape them off when they are on the glass, but other than that I let it be. It's removing ammonia from the water. If you want to reduce the amount of algae in your tanks, reduce the duration of light.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:44 PM   #8 
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I've read that diatoms like low light, and that higher light tends to get rid of them. They're about the only "algae" that is like that. That's just what I've read though XD
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #9 
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I think they can survive in lower light, but that doesn't necessarily mean more light will get rid of them.
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