Yes that's what I mean because I've seen them called brown algae. From my understanding it grows in a healthy tank after it is cycled. I was just curious if some critters that would eat some of itCheshireKat said:Do you mean the diatome algae? The best thing is to figure out what's causing the algae and prevent it so it doesn't grow in the first place.
How to Get Rid of "Brown Algae" (Diatoms) in Freshwater Aquariaperrydaplatypus said:From my understanding it grows in a healthy tank after it is cycled
I never had the diatoms in my 7 gallon until my nerite snails ran/slithered(?) off. I've reduced my lighting but with a box filter, I don't have much water flow/current, so I think that's why they're an issue in that tank. I also have very hard water. In my 25 gallon, they're mostly an issue on the sides of the tank where there's not a lot of water flow. My nerites and bladder snails spend a lot of time eating them. I actually see the nerites' tracks over them.
- Diatoms aren't very strong, and they don't swim. A current maker will prevent them from anchoring anywhere, thus preventing their growth.
- The added water movement will keep all the water in the tank filtered, instead of just a percentage.
Me too... I'd like a bit of algae for my Mollies and platies. I had a bit of hair algae in my 7 gallon for some time but then it went away on its own. My plants seem to suck up all the fertilizer though.Brittany Rismiller said:
The problem is scale. It's generally recommended to have 1 snail and hermit crab per gallon of tank (although few actually maintain that). I would say you should have at least half the capacity of your tank in there in terms of hermit crabs and snails. Hermit crabs are what I have found to be most effective (ie smaller reds) simply because they eat the food sources the algae needs to thrive (ie excess food bits and fish poop).perrydaplatypus said:Hey guys what is a good clean up crew to get rid of that brown algae that grows all over my live rock. I have a few snails and hermit crabs but they aren't getting rid of it. It is slowly covering more and more of my tank