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Old 03-04-2011, 08:34 PM   #1 
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Terrible brown algae problem

My 14 gallon set up has a very terrible brown algea problem. It only holds 3 neon tetras (the other two killed each other), my betta and 3 cory catfish. When I feed I do it in moderation so that there isn't a lot of waste. I plan on getting an otto, but I was wondering if there were any way to kill the algea quickly. I've just changed my fish tank filter, but that's not the problem. I always scrub my decor and clean it with REALLY hot water, but it's not working. Is there a super diluted bleach solution I could use to clean the decor or anything.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #2 
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Also, would a dilute vinegar solution work?
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:42 PM   #3 
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sounds like diatoms. don't get otos just to clean, that wouldn't be enough for them long term. Do you fertilize the tank, how long are your lights on, what is your water change schedule? Next time you do your water change, just rub them off.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:56 PM   #4 
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I'm not sure what you mean by fertilize, but my lights are on from about 6:30am-10pm and I do a half change once I week.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:01 PM   #5 
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I just did some research that says to only run the lights 8-9 hours per day; do you think that my lighting could be the source of the problem?
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that sounds very possible, try reducing to 9 hours a day
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #7 
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How old in your tank? I've got what I think are diatoms in my newly cycled tank. Someone else here had told me that as the tank matures, diatoms may be less of a problem so in 3-4 months, I may see a difference.

You might try a timer for your light if you are out of the house and unable to switch the light yourself.

Is your tank getting direct sunlight from a window?
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:21 PM   #8 
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I had that when I set up my tank, I'm pretty sure it's just your tank cycling. It goes away, then you get the normal green algae that I hear types of snails can help with :) It went away pretty quick with me.
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