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Sure Ghost shrimps help but the problem is that goldfish will eat them really fast....

Rams

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Brown algae is do to Diatoms in the water or Silicons, this is normal in most water systems, there is a way to deal with this with out chems.....

Phosarbe in the filtration system....

there are other ways of doing it and that is a planted tank but that takes time, money and lighting to deal with it and sometimes it can be more troublesome.....

Also high amounts of nitrates can cause this normally tanks over the 30ppm mark will start to grow it, also to much lighting can do it too, or to much natural sunlight.

You need to look at all aspects of your tank to see what is going on, its not easy to find out why, just need to do alittle research first....

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Hi,

I have the same problem. I just leave it until I really can't stand it. :) Just keep at it.

Slugger :)

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Yeah - I got it pretty good, too. I just clean it off the glass w/each water change. It's also all over my gravel. I end up stirring it around when I vacuum...such a mess.

There really is nothing we can do about it? I thought it was getting out of control when I saw my red gravel turning shades of brown on the top...I especially notice it on the gravel that butts up to the glass.

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Increasing your lighting or reducing silicates in your water may help. Here's link to some silicate removal filter media from a web search.

http://www.aquariumpros.com/c-FMsr.html

I think ramshorn snails will eat it, tho they'll need to be bigger than the goldie's mouths or they'll get eaten.

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Is it a BAD thing to have TOO MUCH brown algae? And I guess the real question should be: how much is too much??

tks!

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I don't think it's a bad thing. It's filling a niche.

Hot much is too much? However much you can't live with!

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Guest disenhouse

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Uuugh. I have brown algae too. What a drag. It looks so awful and I'm getting sick of wiping it off of the glass. I noticed the other day it's covering my gravel now and my silk plants are getting brown spots. I just replaced the light for a better one too and look at what happens.

If anyone can think of anything to do, let me know. I'll keep watching this board for ideas.

Brenda

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I would really like the answer to this too. I have rust looks like brown algae everywhere and it is next to impossible to get it all out. Its also in tiny grains on the gravel and I worry the fish are eating it- it was interesting about ramshorn snails eating this suff. Are they the tiny little red ones? :blink:

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I have the same problem! My tank's back is starting to get brown stains and my plastic plants have extremely brown stains. will ghost shrimps help?

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Sure Ghost shrimps help but the problem is that goldfish will eat them really fast....

Rams

http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Bug,%20S90.jpg

Brown algae is do to Diatoms in the water or Silicons, this is normal in most water systems, there is a way to deal with this with out chems.....

Phosarbe in the filtration system....

there are other ways of doing it and that is a planted tank but that takes time, money and lighting to deal with it and sometimes it can be more troublesome.....

Also high amounts of nitrates can cause this normally tanks over the 30ppm mark will start to grow it, also to much lighting can do it too, or to much natural sunlight.

You need to look at all aspects of your tank to see what is going on, its not easy to find out why, just need to do alittle research first....

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I'm having a problem with brown algea due to low lighting as well. I looks like there are skid marks on the back of my tank! :o I got a hood with lights, but my fish are not ready for lights because it stresses them out too much. So now I have to buy floating plants first before I turn on the lights. This is my tropical tank so if I got ghost shrimp, would they take care of it? Its a ten gallon and I'm planning on black neon tetras, cories (maybe pygmy) and maybe a couple pygmy sparkling gouramis. I would want some thing that doesn't take up much space :)

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I have 6 ghost shrimps in there and they are doing fine, i have 3 plastic chain amazons that they hide under.

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I have 6 ghost shrimps in there and they are doing fine, i have 3 plastic chain amazons that they hide under.

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But they aren't eating the brown algea?

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The algea hasn't really grown yet, they are still brown stains in the tank, i'm hoping the shrimps will eat the algea when it actually grows out. I'm also wondering if my goldies will eat it.

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Sick, I've just started getting some brown algea in my tank. Its only on one ornament though. And of course its on the biggest one and it looks dreadful. I've got to find a way to get rid of it. I'm not sure why its there though. My nitrates are only 15ppm and I've got really good lighting in there. I'm so sick of scrubing the ornament every couple days...last night I got carried away and scraped some paint off of it :ignore

Do ramshorn snails really help control the algea?

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Guest Shubunkin Queen

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I seem to get more of it when its summer than in winter it looks like the tank glass is filthy. I have some of it now in my tank. I will be getting rid of it because I'm stripping the tank contents such as gravel etc and redoing the tank set-up. While thats happening Eric my common goldfish will be living in 55 litre container while his 20 gallon tank is being re modelled. :bounce

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i've been experiencing the same problem. brown algae was growing everywhere...on the spray bar, my rocks, and on the glass right above the gravel.

at first i thought i was the live blood worms left overs that cause the algae to bloom, so i stopped feeding them the worms. even weeks later, i still have brown algae growing. i'm assume i'm leaving the flourscent light on too long. do u think 13hrs is too long?

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Is there a test you can do to see what your silicon levels are? I really want to get this crud under control but if my silicon levels are out of whack then that might be kind of difficult. Of all the options I've seen on this thread I think the ramshorn snails would be the best but I'm not crazy about the idea of getting another snail or two....I've already got three apple snails :o

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Is there a test you can do to see what your silicon levels are?

Yup!

http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/si...3/Itemdy00.aspx

Seachem also makes a Phosphate test similar to the above test. AP and others make phosphate tests, too: (here's one but do a search at an online store for that word and you will lots of brands)

http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/ph...9/Itemdy00.aspx

I recently heard of these but I don't know anyone who has used them or what they are made of:

http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/ph...8/Itemdy00.aspx

I aslo heard that letting it "grow out" would help and it would eventually turn into green algae, so I tried it with my tropi tank - no luck!

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Thanks :D I'll have to look and see if any stores near me have something like that.

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I also have brown algae in my tank now...just ending its cycle soon hopefully!! I scrub it off everything then two days later i can see it coming back again. I do get up early with my son and turn the light on and we say goodmorning to my goldies....say about 7 or 8 am...and I stay up late....til maybe 1030 or eleven.....before i turn the lights off. I noticed KoKo said too much light can cause this. and mine are on for AGES during the day....how much light is efficient. I think i read goldies need about 8 or 9 hours a day??

The algae really makes the tank look filthy!!! I hate it....*curse* <_<

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Guest goldfishlover000

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i reccomend putting the fish in a bucket emptying the tank and just clening the whole thing out including gravel and plants :):)

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i reccomend putting the fish in  a bucket emptying the tank and just clening the whole thing out including gravel and plants :)   :)

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I will disaggree with this as it will totally crash your cycle that you have worked so hard to establish...... Not good.

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Guest Tindomiel

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I have a similar problem. I was getting brown algae so I changed the carbon in the filter because it was a bit overdue and scrubbed everything. Now its not back but things are getting a bit murky so I can see it come back.

I dont have a light, the tanks just on a shaded bookcase. So am I best moving it or buying a snail or shrimps?

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Snails and shrimp will not eat brown algae. I believe brittlenose plecos and otocinclus will though, if you have enough room for one.

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