Weird Brown Algae? How To Get Rid Of It. 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Algae' started by paolaescp, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. paolaescp

    paolaescpNew MemberMember

    So this brown algae appeared on my tank two days ago, this has never happened and I’ve had my tank for almost a year. I do water changes weekly and once a month I deep clean all the gravel and decorations. Idk what triggered this and would love some advice on how to prevent it and stop it. IMG_1662.JPGIMG_1663.JPGIMG_1664.JPG
     
  2. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like diatoms. Completely harmless, and usually a sign of excess silicates in the water. Algae eating fish and inverts love to eat this, but even then it usually goes away quickly once silicates are reduced.
     
  3. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

  4. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    All algae eating fish/inverts will eat it readily!
     
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    paolaescp

    paolaescpNew MemberMember

    How do you reduce Silicates? It’s a 5.2 Gallon Betta fish tank, it’s only 1 fish in the tank.
     
  6. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

    I don't think there's a for sure way to remove silicates in the water. If you're patient, you can wait until the diatoms dissipate. If not, then you can get some nerite snails.
     
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