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Brown algea

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by bouncer36, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    How do you get rid of brown algea?
     
  2. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    I am assuming what you are referring to is diatoms, these are usually seen in newly set up tanks do to excess silicates in the water from the silicone. Try wiping them off manually and they "should" subside with time.
     
  3. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    Well I used to see it acouple of years ago when I started my tank then some one told to break up my light time and it would go away so I did and it worked now I bought a new lighting system and hadn't been using the timer so now I'm see it again so it back to breaking up my light. Light come on at 600am, then goes off a 1100am comes back on at 300pm then goes off at 900pm for the night. I have forgotton how long is there light suppose to be on for?
     
  4. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Generally it is suggested about 9 hours or so, but if you are seeing algae growth you can cut it back. You could try 8-11 and then 4-9 and see if that helps.
     
  5. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    I'm going try break up again I wasn't but now going to start again to see if it helps
     
  6. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    That should help, also try wiping it off manually whenever this has happened in any of my tanks that usually takes care of the problem.
     
  7. mancave1

    mancave1 Member

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    I had to back off my lights to I was getting it and now its all gone .
     
  8. 3ndler3nvy

    3ndler3nvy New Member

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    Also, how old are your bulbs. After about a year the light output of fluorescent tubes changes, this can cause algae.
     
  9. mancave1

    mancave1 Member

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    Never heard that before but it makes sense .
     
  10. Ethan Rafi

    Ethan Rafi New Member

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    Brown algae is normal, you just have to scrub it. Your lights could be on to much each day. If your still having problems havev your light on a smaller amount of time each day. Hope this helps!