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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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