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51 minutes ago, RyanU said:

My decorations have stewed to grow brown algea and are being taken over. I have three otto's but they are still small and can't keep up. I have to do a water change today. I was wondering. Can i scrub the brown algea of the decor in old tank water in a bucket with my scrub brush? Also will I lose bb if I do? 

Tia

If your brush is not contaminated by chemicals you’re unaware of, and if the water you’re using is clean (or tank water) you can certainly scrape a lot off that way. You won’t really lose that much beneficial bacteria as long as you’ve got a bio filter going, and bio established in your substrate. But the situation will continue unless you figure out the cause. 

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Being new to the hobby I'm not sure what the cause is. I feed twice a day and try to keep the light(led) on for 8 to 10 hours a day. Is there anything else in your opinion to take a look at, or anything I should be doing differently. My tank as been set up for almost two months with fish. Is it possible that being a new tank i just need to wait out the issue and manage it the best I can with weekly water changes, and with time the algea will go away

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