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    What is worse? Nitrates or Temperature change.

    Thank you for all of the responses. Because of weeks of 90+ Degree weather our ground is so warm and our water lines are so shallow it has heated everyone's water. Good news is I can turn on only the cold water and take a shower. LOL saves money on the hot water tank. I have been doing about 5...
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    What is worse? Nitrates or Temperature change.

    Not sure what to do here. It has been so hot around here that I can not get my tap water below 85 degrees. I keep my tank at between 72 - 75 degrees. I have not been able to do water changes because I can not get the water anywhere close to the tank water. My nitrates are building and I need to...
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    Are these diatoms? if not what are they?

    If that is the case then I do not have good news for you. I ended up removing an ornament from my tank that had them because I could not get them off of it. From my understanding it is very hard to kill but here is a link to the thread I started when I had them. Some people posted some good...
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    Are these diatoms? if not what are they?

    Here is a picture of Black Brush Algae. This Algae can appear either dark brown or black and has small hairs growing out of it. Photo courtesy of I am not saying this is what it just pointing out not all algae is green in color. Also the BBA I had was very short when I caught it. Not sure...
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    Are these diatoms? if not what are they?

    looking at the pictures it is kind of hard to tell but it looks like it has some hair. If so my guess would be black hair algae but I would wait until someone else weighs in with a more positive opinion.
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    Black Brush Algee?

    Well it looks like I caught it early enough. After removing the 1 ornament it was on I have not seen any more anywhere in the tank. Thanks for all of the help.
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    Black Brush Algee?

    Thanks for the input. It is much appreciated. If it looks like it appears on anything else I will give it a try. So far I am seeing no traces of it anywhere in the tank since I removed the one ornament. I also did 30 50% water changes yesterday and cleaned 50% of the gravel and ornaments in the...
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    Black Brush Algee?

    God I hope so. I thought fish were supposed to be relaxing. So far they have been a lot of work. LOL The clowns love the current and playing in the bubbles but my gouramI kept hiding in the calm water right behind where the water comes out of the filter so I toned down the current a little bit.
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    Black Brush Algee?

    Current and gas exchange is not a problem. LOL I had 3 power heads running and finally cut it back to 1 because a couple of my poor fish were looking at me like I was nuts for having them try and swim in a river. I also have 2 bubble walls at each end of the tank and a bubble flower decoration...
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    Black Brush Algee?

    Not really possible (at least easily) to get under 20 ppm since that is what my tap water is (use to be between 40 and 80 until I called the water company). That is why I originally started with the plants was to try and lower the nitrates. I also installed an aquaripure filter that is supposed...
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    Black Brush Algee?

    I am using the master test kit that everyone on here recommends and test at least weekly if not more often so I am testing ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite: 0,0,20 usually. I perform weekly water changes because of being heavily stocked and usually do about 50% and vacuum 50% of my gravel. I just...
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    Black Brush Algee?

    It is a lightly planted tank due to the fact that my fish like to eat my plants so they are tough to keep no matter what types of plants I try. I have a total of 5 small plants in a 46 gallon tank. So what do all the letter you just threw out mean and how do I test for them? As for the...
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    Black Brush Algee?

    not the answer I wanted to hear. I was hoping for "oh this is easy just do blah blah blah". Looks like lots of water changes in my future....again. Luckily it is only on 1 decoration so far so that will be easy to get rid of. Thanks for the quick response I appreciate it.
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    Black Brush Algee?

    So I just looked on some of my decorations I noticed all sorts of little black balls of fuzz. Looking around it appears to be black brush algee. I looked around and there is a very wide variety of treatments and I was just wondering if anyone on here had any suggestions that they have actually...
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