Question Brown algae....over feeding/lighting??

Ssnaaiil

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I have brown algae on my plastic plants in my freshwater tank...what causes brown algae in an established aquarium? Could it be too much food? Too much or too little lighting? Tank has 7 female bettas, 3 balloon mollies, 4 mystery snails, 1 nerite snail, and a couple-few neocaridina(?) shrimp... what are your thoughts on this algae??
 

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Diatoms. Can be caused by silicates, nitrates, and/or phosphates. It's super common in newer tanks but can show up in just about any tank.
 

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Ssnaaiil said:
I have brown algae on my plastic plants in my freshwater tank
I recommend you getting them out and adding some fish water in a bowl/bucket...soak them in hot water but not basic hotness and add a touch of salt as it's a purifier and after they've stood clean them and rinse them in cold water let them stand for a bit, then add them to your tank water for half hour and pop them back in.
 

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