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LOgan SLOgan
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)23:38    Post subject: brown substance in my fake plants Reply with quote

recently I have noticed som brownish substance on my fake plants that are located on the top. I'm pretty sure its some type of algae but I was wandering if I should add some type of pleco or algae eater that would not eat plant(plan on getting real plant) and I'm trying not to post a lot
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)23:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably brown algae (aka diatoms). Interestingly enough, this type of algae thrives under lower light conditions, so before you add any new fish, it would be helpful if you gave us:

a) lighting amount, duration
b) size of your aquarium
c) fish that are already in there
d) NitrAtes, Phosphates, etc levels
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LOgan SLOgan
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)10:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

well the light isnt even 1 wpg its like .22 wpg and its 75 gallon. there is 4 small balas 12 neons a rainbow shark a rock shrimp a gold zebra botia 1 zebra and 2 leopard danios the nitrates are at 0.1 mgp liter so its a bout .3 or .4 per G not sur on the phosphates though
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)22:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your nitrate level, being 0.3 mg/L, is usually not converted into mg/gallons by convention. Instead, mg/L = ppm, and is used instead (most of the time).

Anyways, I'd suggest you get more lighting for your aquarium anyways, as 0.22 wpg is....barely enough light anyways.
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)6:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Logan,

are you sure you are measuring nitrAtes and not nitrIte? I only ask because typically, testing kits don't express fractions when measuring nitrAtes, but they do with trItes.

I agree with Darkblade on the lighting.

Also, how long do you run your lights daily?
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LOgan SLOgan
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)16:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the light is not enough for plants but I do plan on getting one thats like 1.4 or 1.5 I run my lights for the normal time like 10 or 12 hours
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