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Old 03-12-2006, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a heavily planted 55 with 130w of light. The tank has been running roughly 2.5 month's. I recently battled Ick. I did the salt and copper treatment. Some plant's suffered because of the copper. Mainly my Ozelot Sword's. So, I now I'm in the proccess of removing the copper with carbon. About 4 day's ago I finally added some ferti-stick's for the rooted plant's. Now today, I notice I have brown algea growing in the gravel. It's quite away's down in there. Could it be from the fert's. I have 4 Otto's, and there's not a spec of algea on any of the plant's, just the gravel and the hob filter's. Any idea's. I'll try attaching a pic, I hope you can pick out the brown stuff on top. Thank's
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I too have the same problem with my 27L tank....but other than on the gravel, it stay onto my glass as where my subrate level is (all 4 side).
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It has been my experience that there is always some stuff growing down under the gravel up against the glass where there's enough light penetration, but no fish (ottos, shrimp, snails) can get to it. I just usually scrape just under the gravel line against the glass when I do basic maintenance. Turning over the gravel at this time also helps out. I don't worry about it too much. HTH.
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But for my case, later on there's this....like white fungus thing on top of the gravel at the side of the glass. Whity thing.....yuck!!
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Thank's guy's. Guess I won't get too shook over it.
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