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    Why do my plants constantly look so dirty?

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    Hey guys

    Can anyone tell me why my plants are constantly looking so dirty?
    Like there's a layer of dust or something.

    Is it the lighting? Or flow?
    Or is it normal?

    The tank is a very basic planted tank with java fern, anubias and some kind of sword I think (pls help id if possible).
    I'm running a pretty small led light with no CO2.
    The tank is filtered with a DIY wet/dry filter. Just a regular input and an overflow.

    Don't mind the rest of the tank. I know there's some hair algae and some brown algae.
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    Re: Why do my plants constantly look so dirty?

    Oh I should add that even after I clean the tank of the hair algae and brown algae these things still remain. I tried rubbing them off the leaves but I feel that there should be a better way.

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    Re: Why do my plants constantly look so dirty?

    Scroll down to the section on "Diatoms". If your tank is newly setup, the diatom bloom is a rite of passage. If it's an older tank, something's likely off with the filtration as the biofilter not doing its job.
    https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...gae-types.html

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    Re: Why do my plants constantly look so dirty?

    Try cleaning with melamine sponge. Used it before and the leaves turned out very clean.

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