Help With Tank & Algae

  1. Krista8677

    Krista8677 New Member Member

    So I help my mom with cleaning her 5 gallon tank quite often. She has a 5 gallon tank, originally it was for glofish but after 3 years they finally passed :( Now she has a couple of white cloud minnows in there and they are doing great! Problem is, she has always had an issue with algae. First it was green algae, which I know sometimes can be from lighting so we took care of it and it went away. Now her big problem is brown algae. I have no clue as to how to get rid of it! I even, which I normally would never do, scrubbed the entire tank down top to bottom and still, the brown stuff. It's to the point of we're upgrading her to a 10 gallon and starting fresh. I know her water is okay because I've tested does anyone know why or where the brown comes from? And how to stop it? I read somewhere it can be do to excess waste? Any ideas are appreciated...sorry for the long post!
  2. h

    hermitdude New Member Member

    I don't know much about minnows but they sound like great fish
  3. VioletSS

    VioletSS Valued Member Member

    I've had a constant struggle with brown algae/diatoms. I added Phosgard to my filter and it's helped. All tanks are different of course. but if you've tried everything else - it might be worth a shot.

  4. pixelhoot

    pixelhoot Valued Member Member

    Found this article that helped me back when I had brown algae. I hope it helps you too!
  5. Noviceinwisconsin

    Noviceinwisconsin New Member Member

    I had a problem with brown algae for a short time. I would just wipe it off the glass during weekly water changes and after a couple weeks it went away. Hopefully it won't be a long term issue for you.
  6. BuddyD

    BuddyD Well Known Member Member

    Maybe small algae eaters like ottos.
  7. OP

    Krista8677 New Member Member

    Thanks, this article really helped!
  8. newfishguyhelpme

    newfishguyhelpme New Member Member

    I had a really bad case of brown algae/diatoms I tried everything I could find spent a bunch of money on uv filters and chems to no avail in the end it got beat by an outbreak of a hitchhiker snails I'm 90% sure they are Malaysian trumpet snails they bred so fast they ate all brown algae/diatoms in about two weeks now when I do my weekly water changes I pull out a bunch and pluck them from shell and feed to my fish they enjoy eating snails
  9. C

    Constantinos_S New Member Member

    As far as I know brown algae can appear for various reasons. The main one is excess nutrients in your water column. Try siphon as much as you can. Also if you have a planted tank and you're adding a liquid fertilizer, reduce the dose to 1/2 of the dose that's recommended on the bottle. I used to have a lot of it and now I barely notice it. I'm sure that'll help.
  10. A

    Alex MacFarlane New Member Member

    Basically I had a 5 gallon fish tank and the algae was there. So my aquarium was getting some problem. I had nothing to do that time. Then I change the aquarium and brought the  . Now this is perfect for all ways.
  11. OP

    Krista8677 New Member Member

    I think that is part of my mom's problem too is her tank is just a tad bit too small. So we are upgrading to a 10 gallon soon.