10-16-2011, 03:53 PM
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Algae on the side of tanks - do you remove this?
I know in salt water aquariums that a coralline algae growth on the rear glass of the tank is preferred, and you clear up the sides. On my freshwater aquarium, do you all feel the same? I have algae on all four sides of the tank that's sort of like a fine mat of thin, short hair. It moves with the current. It's on all four sides of the tank, and it's slowly been growing. It doesn't bother anyone, the tank only gets 6-8 hours of light a day, and it's not in direct sun. I also do water changes to keep the stats at 0/0/0 ammonia nitrite nitrate, and the PH is around 8.0 The only stock in this 10g is two Figure-8 Puffers. All natural plants, sand substrate, HOB filter with a pad but no carbon.
I only use the algae magnet on the front glass. I don't see any reason to scrape off or kill the algae on the side glasses. Is there a pro/con to this, or is it just personal viewing preference?