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Weird brown gunk in my tank?

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by Cleo1668, May 22, 2006.

  1. Cleo1668

    Cleo1668 New Member

    About a month ago I started noticing some orange colored gunk on one of my silk plants. I would wipe it off but it would come back very soon after. It used to just be on one leaf but then it started spreading to other leaves on the same plant. It’s weird because it only appears on this one particular silk plant. Every time I clean it off it just comes right back.
    After a while I started noticing it on the back wall of the aquarium.
    I change about 40% of the water every week. What could this gunk be and how can I get rid of it? Could it be some type of algae?
  2. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Sounds like brown algae/diatoms.

    You can try feeding a little less and doing more frequent water changes. Personally, I haven't had a whole lot of luck fighting diatoms. The only tank I have a big problem with it in is my 75. I just make sure I clean the glass every time I do a water change and if the silk plant are getting bad, I take them out and rinse them off.

    Here's an article that does a pretty good job of explaining about diatoms:
    http://www.petplace.com/fish/how-to-fig ... page1.aspx


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