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At 03:48 AM 11/24/00 -0500, you wrote:
>a sort of black "coating" that all leaves on my
>plants older than a couple of weeks get all over them. It covers the rocks
>too. The only fish that seems to eat it is the royal whiptail, and he can't
>do the entire tank! What is this algae? Is it diatoms?

In my experience, diatoms are more dark brown than black.  Is it like a 
dust or paint?  Or is it hairy?

>What should I do to remove it?

If it is diatoms, Otocinclus love it.

Dave Gomberg, San Francisco            mailto:gomberg at wcf_com
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