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Old 10-01-2012, 01:43 PM   #1 
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Brown spots on fake plants.

Some of you may know I've had issues with my tank lately. Its bouncing back slowly, the water tested "perfect". I just wanted to ask. Has anyone ever had small brown spots on a silk plant? They look just like small dirt spots. Anyone know what they are or if they are bad for the tank?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #2 
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Could be diatoms. Do you have a picture to show us?
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #3 
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I couldn't get the top side but its darker on the top.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:13 PM   #4 
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sounds like some sort of algea to me.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:15 PM   #5 
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I've tried to rub it off under hot water but it did nothing.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #6 
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I have those too on one of my green silk plants. I have no idea what they are but I have left it in the tank since its Perseus favorite plant with no problems, he has had it since I first got him 4 months ago, I need to buy another one an take that one out I guess.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:40 PM   #7 
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looks like a diatom or algae to me. it should come off easily with hot water and vinegar, just rinse it well afterwards and before placing it back into the tank. As this isnt a new tank i would go with algae. Try doing a bit more during your routine waterchanges and be sure that you dont leave the light on too long. excess nutrients and light makes it grow.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #8 
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that's happened to a few of our silks, but it comes right off with a brisk scrubbing from a paper towel. i'm putting my vote in with the others saying it's probably algae.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #9 
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i have the same thing on my plants, nothing bad so far.
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