07-09-2013, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Linda Gross
The background-I set up a new aquarium. Put in plants. With the plants came snails (no big deal) and hair algae. I had the worst bloom I've ever seen. Took out what I could(rocks, etc.) and boiled them and scrubed what I could. Ordered Nerite snails, 136 of them. I prayed they truly would be the 'second coming' and save my plants. Snails worked like crazy and after several days I was a true believer; they really did 'change my life'. Didn't last long and now the hair algae is back in full swing, and NOW they are not eating it. My questions are thus: has anyone used API agae fix? Is it really safe for plants, fish and my expensive snail population. Every few days I have to hand pull as much as I can. Thanks, Linda
Algae is the result of your lights and nutrients being out of balance. How long are you running your lights for? What kind of lighting? Tank size? Fish load? Are you fertilizing?
I never ever ever suggest chemicals in a tank. You need to get to the underlying cause. You can pour all the chemicals into your tank that you want, but if you don't fix the problem (light/nutrient balance) you will just get more algae.