Should I be "dusting" off my plants? 30 Gallon Tank 

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My plants are getting some brownish color on them, not dead foliage but rather a dusty film of sorts on the foliage. Am I supposed to wipe them off at all? I'm getting some good growth so don't know if I should just leave them leaves alone.

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To me, it sounds like diatoms, a type of algae. If that's what it is, it's common in a newer tank. Eventually, it goes away on its own (although mine's been covered with the stuff for over 3 months). I just asked Jaysee about it yesterday, and he told me a BN pleco would take care of it.
 
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I actually kinda like it.... it's giving me that swamp look I've always wanted..... but my husband says "babe, your plants are dirty"....
 

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I had the same problem and the leaves of the plants were actually slowly being eaten away (light deficiency? idk), but two nerites and three Amano shrimp quickly took care of that problem.
 
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it seems to be a little better, and I've gots lots of new growth..... so we'll see what happens.
 
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