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I think there is some kind of black algae growing in my tank. It started first on my plants and now it seems to be spreading. Is it harmful? What can I do to get rid of it?
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I'd say your phosphates are high, so I would start with some sort of product to help with that.

UV is also a consideration that will help with more than just the algae, but recommend it being on a timer and not run full time.

Pictures would be helpful as well.

Is this a fairly new setup?

What type of substrate are you using? I see a lot of people using all types of sand and some of them are very high in silica which can also cause issues.

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I'd say your phosphates are high, so I would start with some sort of product to help with that.

UV is also a consideration that will help with more than just the algae, but recommend it being on a timer and not run full time.

Pictures would be helpful as well.

Is this a fairly new setup?

What type of substrate are you using? I see a lot of people using all types of sand and some of them are very high in silica which can also cause issues.

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You can also cut back on your lighting to break the so called cycle, might help.
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Is it possible it could be a brown (dark brown algae)?

Brown diatoms are very common.
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It could be brown but it looks blackish. How can I tell the difference. I took out my live plants and cleaned the tank good.
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It could be brown but it looks blackish. How can I tell the difference. I took out my live plants and cleaned the tank good.
Here's what "Brown Algae" looks like (really not an algae at all, more of a bacteria - brown diatoms). Keeping silicates at minimum and reducing tank lights can dramatically reduce the growth. Also, Zebra nerrite snails do a wonderful job on most algae including brown diatoms. I'll also paste some pics from a Zebra nerrite test I did some years ago (intentially let a tank get nasty to see what impact the snails could have - results were dramatic).

LOL, after this, I made a deal with my snails: I clean the glass and they clean everything else (by me cleaning the bigger easier glass surfaces, I forced them to clean the harder to get to surfaces). I actually started leaving my lights on more just so they wouldn't run out of their food.

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I'll have to take pics but it is way darker than that. I think it is black
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