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Old 01-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #1 
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Brown spots on Petco Silk Plants

So I've had these plants < 2 months.. and there are these brown spots on them (see below). It is a 10gal tank (divided), 2 bettas, heated 78-80F, filtered.

I thought maybe it was poop from the betta. but its all over the leaf, so I doubt it. Fungus perhaps? Is this dangerous? Is this something really common, and I can just wash it off?

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Old 01-03-2011, 07:01 PM   #2 
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Diatoms. They form on surfaces of the tank - especially on stuff you dont regularly clean. Its a type of algae, completely harmless. You can just wash it off under a sink.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:03 PM   #3 
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Thank you . I had forgot to mention I also noticed it on the white plastic divider on my tank.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #4 
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Now that I mention it, the brown spot on the plastic canvas that I wiped off just 2 days ago is already back. I'm worried that this algae could overtake my tank? Note that there is no direct sunlight on the tank.

Is there any algae control chemical to put in the tank?
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #5 
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It happens with new tanks. There's not much to be done but wait it out. Algae removers won't do anything because diatoms are little skeletons and not a true algae. Reduce the amount of time your light is on and do a couple of daily 25% water changes to reduce nitrates. If you're not already, continue a weekly 25% water change to keep the nitrates down.
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