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Old 11-25-2012, 06:22 PM   #1 
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What is on my plants?

I know that snails can leave poop behind but I'm having these little particles all over my leaves. I usually just shake them off and let the filter clean up the mess but then they appear again. Any help please?

(mind the photobombing by the shrimp and betta)

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:40 PM   #2 
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possibly algae or settling debris..
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:55 PM   #3 
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Can I do anything to get rid of it. Kinda looks like dust.. Idk
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:59 PM   #4 
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it's probably stuff kicked up by the fish/other tank inhabitants, then it settles under the leaves. positioning the water flow over the leaves should do the trck.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #5 
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Ok I will try that! Hopefully it doesn't cloud the water.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:26 PM   #6 
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What should I get to control my algae? I have noticed some on my front glass right in the center -_- I have flourite as my substrate and can't have any bottom feeders or anything like that because it is a pretty sharp substrate! I only have shrimp and a few snails for now and I'm planning to get rid of the snails..they are super annoying.. lol
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:02 PM   #7 
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i have zebra nerites who grazing on the glass continuously everyday :)
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:45 PM   #8 
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Do they stay on the glass or do they graze the bottom too?
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:52 PM   #9 
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If you don't like snails -

Ottoclinus work excellently for cleaning glass and plants
Amano ("algae eating") shrimp work great for the rest of the clean-up.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:54 PM   #10 
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i find otos unable to take down the stubborn green algae that grows on the walls. the nerites does a great job in that respect :) and they wander everywhere.
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