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post #1 of 9 Old 02-27-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know any really good ways to get rid of algae in a tank. I have 2 snails and a pleco and BN. They seem to be doing a sufficient job I just wanna know if there was any better ways.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-27-2012, 09:37 PM
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@dmuddle: Best way is to maintain balance of light, nutrients, bioload and filtration in the tank. In case of algae, prevention is better than cure.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-27-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, that is true but everything is stable and all parameters are good. I think the ballon mollies excrete too much faecal matter.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-27-2012, 09:47 PM
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@dmuddle: What kind of algae do you have in your tank?
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-27-2012, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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pretty sure its natural, add jfengler he'll know he works in an aquarium and he's my cousin he told me but i forgot
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-28-2012, 08:13 AM
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How much light do you have and how long is it on per day? Is your tank getting any outside sunlight on it during the day?
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-28-2012, 11:55 AM
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We need to know the type of algae in order to suggest suitable fixes. But in general terms, if it is green/red/black algae, light is the key. If it is diatoms (brown), low light and silicates cause it. If it is cyanobacteria (as would be likely if organics are the issue) that is something quite different.

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We need to know the type of algae in order to suggest suitable fixes. But in general terms, if it is green/red/black algae, light is the key. If it is diatoms (brown), low light and silicates cause it. If it is cyanobacteria (as would be likely if organics are the issue) that is something quite different.

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There is red and black algae! Oh my....I've had some dark dark green. I'd be scared to see that in my tank! :O!
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There is red and black algae! Oh my....I've had some dark dark green. I'd be scared to see that in my tank! :O!
Well, technically the brush algae is red algae, but it is so dark most of us see it as very dark green, almost black. I have looked at it now and then and can detect a slight reddish tint.

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