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So my tank has been cycled since the end of August. Ever since then, I've had brown algae. I read that brown algae is common for newly cycled tanks and lasts for a while, but it's been over a month and I'm slowly getting tired of dealing with it Water changes are every 2-3 days and I always scrub the walls of the tank and try to get as much off of the leaves of the Argentine Sword & Anubias I have in there. Also, I try to get as much algae off the inside of my filters when I clean them (every 2 weeks). I try not to leave the lights on because the tank is already outside. Is there anything more I need to do to control it?
Something interesting (to me at least ) is going on in my two tanks. One is having lots of noticeable brown algae on the plants, driftwood, and even the glass, while the other has just started having a little bit of bright green algae on the lights and filter sponges. The tanks have a lot of differences, and I'd like to figure out what makes one grow green and the other brown, so I can get rid of the brown! Green Algae Tank 29 gallons Led lights that came with the kit South-East natural light No ferts No plants (while algae occurred at least; I just put 1 anubias in the other day) Sparkly rock & Fluval moss rocks AC110 filter Bubble disk Two fish 0/0/5 - most common parameters, has had higher nitrates occasionally pH 8.2 Usually 50-80% WC (depending on params) approx every 5-7 days - just started doing daily 50% to use water for fry tank wc algae on the lights and filter sponges Brown Algae Tank 60 gallons Marineland Double Bright (recently downgraded to an Aqueon light to experiment) North-West natural light Seachem Flourish A few plants - anubias, crypt, water sprite, java fern Large mopani driftwood AC110 x 2 Bubble wall Two fish 0/0/5 - most common parameters, has had higher nitrates occasionally pH 8.2 Usually 50-80% WC (depending on params) approx every 5-7 days algae on the plants, driftwood, and even the glass That's all I can think of to compare... anyone want to help me figure this out? I wonder if it could be the direction of the natural light? Or the lights themselves? Or the live plants and ferts?
Last week I randomly had an algae bloom; brown algae on a decoration and on a live plant. Wasn't sure if it was good or bad so I scrubbed off as much as I could off the decoration but left it on the plant. Here's a pic: Do I need to clean it? I didnt do anything different..no extra lights..why the bloom and why is it brown? Are they eating the plant there or is that general disintegration?
I've had my new 180 litre tank set up for about three weeks now, and I'm just fighting a losing battle against what I assume to be brown algae. My tank is cycling at the moment, but I've had other cycling tanks set up that haven't had this problem at all. Water tests read as follows: Ammonia 0.25 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 0 Why is this brown algae getting so pronounced in my tank? It's starting to cover everything, and I'm not sure why it's there or what I can do to get rid of it. Any help/suggestions? Here are some pics;