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Old 08-05-2010, 10:22 AM   #1
 
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algae issues... gah!

alright I can handle algae on my rocks etc. but this stuff skuzzing up my glass is really starting to be a pain

I was planning to load up on live plants to help suck up the nutrients - but finding plants is proving to be as much of a pain and I do have 3 good size live plants already and that doesn't seem to be doing any good at all - so obviously I need more but that isn't happening any time soon enough

short of moving everything in my tank at least once a week so I can get into the corners and whatnot to scrub away the algae (which I really don't want to do) I mean I am fine vacuuming the gravel/siphoning water but I really don't want to have to move all the rocks and stuff every single time - I really don't know what to do

I have reduced the light from 12 hours down to 10 hours... no help
I have tacked the curtain back so no light gets to the tank from the window nearby - no help
like I said I have 3 good sized live plants - nothing

I've been resisting the urge to get some sort of algae eating fish (otos or an albino bristlenose pleco)
someone had suggested a mystery snail - don't seem to be able to find any of them :/

any other thoughts?
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
 
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what are your water parameters? specifically ammonia and nitrates?
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:34 AM   #3
 
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what are your water parameters? specifically ammonia and nitrates?
tested yesterday morning and ammonia was very slightly above zero (I think that is actually just reading whatever the Prime does) and the nitrAte was 10-20 (there's no color difference on my color chart between 10 and 20 so I have no idea which) :/

nitrIte was, is and always has been zero...
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
 
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how much do you feed your fish and how often??
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:50 AM   #5
 
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I feed them once a day - no more than they can eat in 2-3 minutes
sometimes I skip a day - like if something sat on the bottom for too long
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #6
 
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if you sometime have uneaten food siting on the botom.it is debris and it will cause algae.i have a 90 gallon on my balcony and algae is a main issue.i use a uv-biofilter and algae medication to keep the algae in check.plants do help try to get more.sometimes i'm forced to use add clear if the water is green.Bryon said it isn't good. try cutting the light to 8 hours and keep the tank in total darkness at night.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:55 PM   #7
 
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even indirect light can cause an algae bloom (ask me how i know LOL).

why not get some otos if you have stocking capacity left? do you have the water params that can support them? and do you have fish that will get along with them?
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:14 PM   #8
 
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if you sometime have uneaten food siting on the botom.it is debris and it will cause algae.i have a 90 gallon on my balcony and algae is a main issue.i use a uv-biofilter and algae medication to keep the algae in check.plants do help try to get more.sometimes i'm forced to use add clear if the water is green.Bryon said it isn't good. try cutting the light to 8 hours and keep the tank in total darkness at night.
thanks =)

I'd REALLY like to avoid using chemicals - I'd rather get some kind of fish to deal with it if it comes down to that
I'll try to cut the light back some more... but that will definitely require getting a timer
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:30 PM   #9
 
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even indirect light can cause an algae bloom (ask me how i know LOL).

why not get some otos if you have stocking capacity left? do you have the water params that can support them? and do you have fish that will get along with them?
I think I'd be cuttin' it pretty close by adding otos

I have a 20 gallon with 7 black neon tetras, 2 neon blue dwarf gourami and a spotted cory (I SHOULD be getting a few more cories so he's not all alone) so otos would have to be putting me over... if I have to I'll put the cory(s) somewhere else so I can make room for something to eat the algae in here

and I'm not sure how the otos would do with the dwarf gouramis in the long run

as for the water... I have a cory doing well (survived the cycling process and is still kickin' ) so maybe otos would be ok

my ph is kinda high (7.8 - 8) and my water is kinda hard - I forget what the number is exactly but Byron assured me it wasn't crazy high...

I'm very seriously thinking of just doing it - because I can't stand looking at this skuzzy green glass

but otos won't take care of the spotty algae stuff I have I don't think - I have what looks like water spots on the glass (like what is left if you don't dry a glass properly) I have no idea if it is algae or what but it's been going on since about a day after I added the water to the tank!! and it's spreading!! and it takes some serious elbow grease to scrub off... in fact I can't even get all of it off :/
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:49 PM   #10
 
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Perhaps get a Mag-Float algae scraper in the meantime if your aquarium is glass. It makes glass scrubbing a lot less invasive, and mine works really well.
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