- Oct 15, 2003
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- Somewhere over the rainbow...
I've lately been having some algae-like stuff growing in my gravel, on the glass, in the filter, and on the plant's leaves. It's also ripping apart the filter sponge. It's all brown now, with a stinky smell and looks ripped up. I've asked about this already, and was told that it was brown algae, aka diatoms. The future resident of this two gallon tank will be a betta, so I have no need for beneficial bacteria. So I will just wash the whole tank and everything in hot water. The filter may be a problem though. The brown algae is everywhere. In every corner, every side. There are some places where I can't reach. It's a really small filter, those kinds for small tanks like mine. Will letting the filter run in hot water work? Will it damage the filter? Will it get rid of the algae? How long should I keep it running in the hot water for? Thanks! And Merry Day-After-Christmas!!