"dandelion fluff" on inside of tank glass

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Best description I can come up with. Just looks like little white/transparant globs stuck all over the inside face of my glass that look kind of like miniature dandelion fluffs. They are stuck to the glass by a point, with a flared end that flutters free in the current. Any ideas?
 

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How long have you had this tank? Maybe it's some type of algae? Read this article: and see if it helps you.
 
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Only about 2 weeks. It does not look like any of the algae forms discussed in the article (thanks, though!). I will give the tank walls a good cleaning, partial water change, and turn up the flow on the filter a bit and see what happens.
 

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Hmm, alrighty Before you clean the glass, would it be possible for you to take a picture of these strange fluffy things? (lol )
 
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Too late! The fluffies are no more!

I am obviously watching to see if they come back, but I am not sure how well they would translate in a picture...they were all over, but hard to see as they were both small and nearly translucent. It may well be some variety of algae. If so, I am sure the algae eaters I am planning to stick in there after cycling will be very happy!
 

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OK It could have been algae you know. Some algae are weird-looking. Look at the "fuzz" algae: or at the "staghorn" algae:
 
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Thanks for the info...I will attempt a picture if it comes back. I suspect you are probably right...algae of some kind.
 

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i know what your talking about..
mine didnt grow on the tank surface but on my water plant...
juz shine a veri bright light and u can see it veri clearly..
i tried taking a picture but well the camera on my phone sux alright..
i oso dunno whats that, maybe algae like all had said?
cuz i only realised those things after my angels died from tiger barbs and white spot(i guess)

can it be the staghorn algae?
 
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