What eats brown algae?

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  1. Garethmur

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    Howzit, tanks been cycling for about 2 and a half months now, seen a lil itsy bitsy snail and an itsi bitsy (that thing with the flat shell you see on rocks) thingy... the feather worm i got from mark is thriving in the sump, and now there are like 5 of them... so something must be going right.... but i got a lot of brown algae growing in the sump and want to know, besides turning off the light in the sump, what lil creature can i get that will eat the arlgae? and be happy in the sump, and not eat the feather forms?
     
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    a small hardy surgeon like a convict or pyjama, won't touch the little tubes or the likes they will smash the algea and as soon as they outgrow your sump they will be great additions to your DT!
     
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    would a small one of those not be too big for my small lil dsb area, its like 150mm high X220mm wide X320mm deep, thats the actual swimming area available...
    i thought there were some sort of snail or hermit or something that would be ok in there, dont think any fish would be happy in there... i duno, due still stand by your suggestion?
     
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    Algae in your sump is beneficial and I wouldn't try to get rid of it. It is removing nutrients in your tank whilst not negatively affecting the appearance of your tank...
     
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    But From this to this in like 2 months, whats it gona look like by 4 or 6 months, does this look like its doing what its supposed to?

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    And whats the red stuff?

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    dt is crystal clear tho... only sump looks as above
     
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    Gareth, the red stuff is cyano bacteria, the brown is diatoms - is your tank still cycling? If so I would not worry about it chap
     
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    After checking your picks, I also reckon just let it cycle and pods, bugs everything in the dsb will soon take care of it... don't put a fish in.
     
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    Thanks guys,
    so what you'all are saying is... its doing what its is supposed to?
    We doin something right?

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