Weird! I have 4 zebra snails and their not doing a good job! LolMy 2 zebra snails cleaned everything in under a week and I have never scraped it again!
Ours is a 10 gallon too! Our plants are fake and that’s where it’s growing the most. Do you take them out and clean them or do it in the tank?I've found that a sponge brush on the tank glass & ornaments as well as a gravel vacuum help to keep brown algae at bay. It's grown up in my 10 gal tank a few times. Usually a good cleaning, fresh filter, and 25% water replace (with water conditioner & bacteria starter) work to clear it out for a while!
Ours is a 10 gallon too! Our plants are fake and that’s where it’s growing the most. Do you take them out and clean them or do it in the tank?
Just seen the pictures you posted, its next to nothing compared to what I had.. my tank looks like a big poo because of all the brown on the glass, rocks, fake plants etc.I have them /:
We know that.Mollies are not fit for a 10 gallon.
That’s why the algae is growing like it.
There is too much ammonia production.
Mollies are a huge pooper and can grow to around 5 inches so they really aren’t a good candidate for a 10 gallon.
To answer the first question, amanos are really large for shrimps. They 2 inches long and fast and darty when disturbed. Honestly though, you should rehome them and get something else, like maybe guppies? Or some sort of tetra? And endler guppies pick at algae and eat it, so that might help.We know that.
Otocinclus are decently fragile fish, though, from what I've read. I had one that died after only a few days, and I think it was just from the stress of moving into a new tank.Plants, amano shrimp and otocinclus algae eaters are wonderful for algae problems.
I wish I would've known when I got mine how careful you have to be Oh well.When we got our otocinclus, we drip acclimated them for about an hour and turned off the lights when we put them in to minimize stress.
Good to know! I'll have to try that next time. I always acclimate them to the water temperature and turn off all the lights. I just didn't realize it was okay to combine the water like that. Great! #themoreyouknowIt's best to do that for just about any fish you get, always acclimate them like that if you can, even just adding a little bit of the water added from a cup into their bucket.
Yeah, I definitely know not to pour it into the tank like that! That's why I didn't think it would be okay to mix.JUst don't pour the bag water into your tank, even if it's mixed with the tank water, always pour through a net.
Sorry Travis but this is ridiculous information. Otos and even the hungry ones aren't vampires. They won't suck fish to dead.If you get ottos, watch them. If there's not enough food they WILL start eatting your fish.. literally. At night they will suck onto a fish, and basically suck them to death.
Ottos also die very easily, and are extremely sensitive. 80% of people can't keep them alive.
Those 2 reasons is why I never got them. TBH it makes it not really worth having them.
Thank you! I have heard this from a few other people. Ours is a 10 gallon. We don’t have much. It’s mostly on the fake plants and a few rocks. We want to get a Pleco but don’t think they are suitable for a 10 gallon.It sounds like it is just the diatoms that come with a newly maturing tank. From my understanding it happens to nearly every new tank somewhere around 1-2 months after it cycles. I have 3 tanks I started within a 6 week period and they all have the brown (algae) diatoms. It is unsightly, but will clear on its own in a couple months. In the meantime, you can scrub the fake plants when you do water changes. I pretty much just vacuumed the gravel and wiped down the glass. My 75 gallon tank has the least amount of the brown gunk, but I have 2 comet goldfish that are constantly picking and cleaning around the whole tank. My oldest tank is my 20 gallon and doesn't produce much new brown gunk, but I got 2 bristlenose plecos about a week ago and they've cleaned up a lot of the stuff that had been hanging onto the stones and driftwood. I think that one has just about ran its course.
Yeah it’s starting to grow everywhere!That looks like the beginning of it to me. It'll get much worse, but it's harmless. It just looks awful. I scrubbed the decorations and stirred up the gravel good when I vacuumed it while doing water changes. Alternate them though...not both at the same time so as not to reduce the beneficial bacteria too much in one whack. After a while I just cleaned the glass and let the muck go on the decorations. I recently got 2 bristlenose plecos and they've cleaned it right up. I don't have any new muck showing up so I'm pretty sure it has just about ran its course. When the plecos have finished their quarantine stint they'll move to the 75 gallon tank where I have always had less of the diatoms, but more plants and rocks to clean so they'll have their work cut out for them. Don't get discouraged with this...it just means your tank is maturing and going through its stages. I actually enjoy the maintenance part of the hobby as well so I didn't mind it at all.
As I said before just keep rubbing it off places your snails can't reach, eventually it will all go bye bye.Yeah it’s starting to grow everywhere!
Wow! Does a black out mean just keep the lights off for 4 days? I try to reduce the lighting a little bit. Our snails don’t get to much of it. They have been moving around the tank a lot lately though so maybe they’ll get some of it. LolAs I said before just keep rubbing it off places your snails can't reach, eventually it will all go bye bye.
It will take awhile tho.
If you wanna try to reduce the amount of it, try reducing the time your lights are on.
Trust me brown algae isn't all that bad, it just looks terrible, and easily removeable. As stated above its completely harmless.
Be thankful you not dealing with worse algae blooms, I had to deal with this green algae for a month, no amount of water changes or light reducing would fix it. Finally a 4 day blackout did.
I noticed they took care of a little bit on some of the ornaments we have. I know it probably won’t come off the rocks by the snails but that’s ok. It just looks super ugly. Lol our rocks are also white. We failed at picking out rocks.Nerite snails are very hard workers, and they LOVE brown algae. Remember as I said, 4 of them cleaned my 75 gallon in a week!
Yes that's a blackout, however you also cover your tank completely, 0 light at all for 4 days. Though you don't need it for the brown algae you have.. it will go away on its own