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Old 04-27-2011, 07:54 PM   #1 
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Plant Help - Algae growth or...?

So I've got a planted tank. I've got java ferns and cabomba in there. I noticed today that the cabomba on Ruto's end of the tank has a dark green film/edge growing on some of it. Is this algae growth or something I should be worried about? Is the plant okay?
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That's a really pretty plant. Does the dark stuff come off if you rub it? Is it the leaf itself changing colour or something on the leaf?

Is it only on leaves at the surface?

Is your tank in direct sun? How long do you have the light on dailiy?
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It seems to come right off the plant when I rub it. The 'leaves' are just tiny little long things that come from the main plant and the green must be algae.

My tank is definitely not in direct sun and I've been keeping the light on maybe 3-5 hours a day so that my two healing babies (one jumped the fence over easter weekend while we were away and got into a fight with the other) have a nice dark place to heal in.

Is there anything I can do about algae on a plant? A snail maybe?
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I get that on some of my plants sometimes. It's not going to harm your fish. If it's brown, it might be diatoms which I get on plants and sometimes on the glass. It's the sign of an immature tank. If it's green, it's simple algae.

Snails do create some mess of their own. I'm not sure if they would fix things. :)
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As long as it's not hurting anything, I'll just let it be. It almost kind of makes that plant prettier. XD

Thanks for the advice!
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