I've had my tank for about 8 months now. It's an Edge and houses 1 betta and 6 neons. Is brown algae the same as diatoms? I keep reading about how to get rid of it and I'm getting conflicting advice. Some say it grows better without light and others say light helps it grow. This stuff covers my plants and white gravel/ornament as well as the glass and I hate it. The are in the tank that DOESN'T have brown algae is around my one moss ball(hmmm). I don't want to buy a pleco to eat this stuff up or a snail because of the bioload. Help?