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Old 02-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #1 
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What's this brown stuff on my plant?

I've had this plant for a month or two, and I noticed some brown fuzzy-looking stuff on it. That's the only place in the tank where I see it. Should I be worried about it?



The tank doesn't really get any sunlight, and it only has an LED light. The stuff is on the plant directly under the LED light.
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Looks like diatoms- brown algae. How long have you had your tank up and running? If it is, all you have to do is maintenance- use your fingers to rub it off, a soft tooth brush, or something to wipe it off. So long as you keep it at bay, it'll eventually go away- sometimes it still comes back, but its algae- you're going to get at least a little bit of it in your fish tank regardless...

Edit: Also, what kind of plant is that? Is it real or fake? Looks real, but kinda hard to tell in the pic ^.^;;
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:44 AM   #3 
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The tank has been up for about 5 months. It's a real java fern. I've only had live plants in the tank for the past 2 months. I think I tried literally every kind of plastic/silk plant that exists, and my betta ripped his tail on all of them.

I wound up sucking up the algae with the siphon when I did a water change. Came right off without a problem. Thanks for letting me know it's nothing serious!

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No prob ^.^ Diatoms usually show up after a few months in when a new tank is up and running, so it's definitely nothing out of the ordinary. Just make sure it stays off your java fern, since it's a live plant- algae can disrupt your plants photosynthesis period if light gets blocked off enough...
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