Can I just brush off Brown Algae fro my aquarium plants?

Chiasmodon

some of my aquarium plants have this brown-coating I believe are brown-algae. I just bought this plant online and I don't know how would it look like. I have plenty of algae eaters, this includes Ivory snails, Bladder snails, Malaysian trumpet snail, Ramshorn snails, gouramis, and a whisker shrimp.. and I hope these critters eat up all the brown algae coating of the plant. But as I suggest, Can I just brush them off?
 

marmaaa

some of my aquarium plants have this brown-coating I believe are brown-algae. I just bought this plant online and I don't know how would it look like. I have plenty of algae eaters, this includes Ivory snails, Bladder snails, Malaysian trumpet snail, Ramshorn snails, gouramis, and a whisker shrimp.. and I hope these critters eat up all the brown algae coating of the plant. But as I suggest, Can I just brush them off?
Probably diatoms. I brush it off my anubias all the time. Just be gentle
 
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Chiasmodon

Probably diatoms. I brush it off my anubias all the time. Just be gentle
Oooooh Ok Nice! Ty Imma go brush them then.
 
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marmaaa

Oooooh Ok Nice! Ty Imma go brush them then.
No problem:) You can keep it and see if the snails will eat it, they might go for it. If not just wipe
 
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Chiasmodon

No problem:) You can keep it and see if the snails will eat it, they might go for it. If not just wipe
Its good to know! ty again.
 
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Tunaboy

I think I’m having the same problem with my anubias Nana’s because they have a layer of brown stuff on them. I’m paranoid of rubbing the stuff off too hard that I kill my plants.
 
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Chiasmodon

I think I’m having the same problem with my anubias Nana’s because they have a layer of brown stuff on them. I’m paranoid of rubbing the stuff off too hard that I kill my plants.
I brushed them off and my Anubias are still fine. just don't brush them with something very sharp.
 
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coolio3991

Oooooh Ok Nice! Ty Imma go brush them then.
I wipe it off 1 of my plants. I think it's an amazon sword but it doesnt look quite like the ones I see in pictures on here. I got it from petco. Well it constantly has brown algae so I carefully used a kids extra soft toothbrush to clean it off. I just did that today lol.
 
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Chiasmodon

I wipe it off 1 of my plants. I think it's an amazon sword but it doesnt look quite like the ones I see in pictures on here. I got it from petco. Well it constantly has brown algae so I carefully used a kids extra soft toothbrush to clean it off. I just did that today lol.
Hahaha, I used my extra filter foam to brush them off.
 
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Tallfishguy

Hey guys I am having the same problem. My tanks have brown algae all over. I brush it off during the weekly water change. It stays away for maybe 3 days. Any ideas how to get rid of it? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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coolio3991

Hey guys I am having the same problem. My tanks have brown algae all over. I brush it off during the weekly water change. It stays away for maybe 3 days. Any ideas how to get rid of it? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Take the decore and stuff it's on out and soak it in peroxide or rubbing alcohol with a lid on the container for atleast an hour then scrub it or rinse it off. Then make sure you rinse everything off very well. Do a big water change but not to big because you dont want to hurt your fish. Then add everything back in. I did that 2 weeks ago amd it hasn't come back yet. Also try having the light on longer they don't like a lot of light. Having the light on longer will make green algea grow but that's easier to get rid of. The right fish/invertebrates will get rid of that for you. And turning the light off sooner will get ride of it. And over time it will stop growing as much.
 
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Tallfishguy

Thanks so much. I will try it
 
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Ellebrius

That’s good news because I have it as well and when I did my water change today I wiped it off the affected plants. I took them out, cleaned them in a bucket of tank water I took out and planted them back in after the cleaning.
 
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coolio3991

Its good to know! ty again.
Idk if the snails will eat it but I recommend getting more shrimp like cherry shrimp. My 10g has a really bad brown algea problem so did my 20g but after I got shrimp I havnt seen any brown algea. Also keep the lights on more for your tank. Brown algea doesnt like to much light. And it will cause green algea to grow which your fish will snack on a lot. Keeping it under control
 
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Chiasmodon

Idk if the snails will eat it but I recommend getting more shrimp like cherry shrimp. My 10g has a really bad brown algea problem so did my 20g but after I got shrimp I havnt seen any brown algea. Also keep the lights on more for your tank. Brown algea doesnt like to much light. And it will cause green algea to grow which your fish will snack on a lot. Keeping it under control
I have different shrimp species in my tank.. but I don't have cherry shrimp and I can't afford a cherry shrimp right now. I don't really have a brown algae problem in my tank because the light is turned on for 8 to 9 hours. My anubias got this brown alga from a container placed in a shed and I remove the anubias shortly afterward and brush the brown algae off from their leaves and put the anubias in my tank, now the brown algae won't grow back.
 
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