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Help! Brown spots on everything

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by chunkslabdog, May 26, 2011.

  1. chunkslabdog

    chunkslabdog Thread Starter New Member

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    All of a sudden I have brown spots on my plants, rocks, and even the front glass. I have checked the water quality and all is okay. What is this and will it hurt the plants and fish?
     
  2. HBIC

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

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    Does it wipe off easily, sounds like diatoms to me. How old is the tank, is it relatively new? Diatoms are usually caused by a build up of silicates in the water column. This can be caused when setting up a new tank or even when adding silicate sands as substrate. It is harmless, just unsightly, and should dissipate with time. Just wipe it off everything and then do a water change.
     
  3. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    2nd the diatoms...

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  4. chunkslabdog

    chunkslabdog Thread Starter New Member

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    Mine doesn't look like the pictures...yet....I made a water change yesterday and it appears to be getting no better but no worse at this time.