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post #1 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Algea Problems

Hi,

My tank is cycling right now and it is fairly heavily planted and recently i have been noticing a lot of algae forming on rocks, and driftwood, and a bit on plants. What can i do to control it. I was hoping to get some sort of small snail, or fish that would keep it under control.
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post #2 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:19 PM
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You should get a Otocinclus catfish. I have 1 in my 10g and i am going to put 2 in my 29g. Try going to this site for more info, http://www.otocinclus.com/index.html

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In my 10 gallon tank:
  • 1 Red male Betta
  • 1 Otocinclus Catfish
In my 29 gallon tank:
  • 4 Zebra danios
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post #3 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:28 PM
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Oto's do NOT eat every type of algae that's a myth!

Generally its advisable and desirable to get rid of what's causing the algae rather then adding to your stock, which only increases the bio load and support certain types algae to grow even better....That said...what does yours look like? Green thin hair like? Green fluff? Black lil bushes? Green slime??? Describe it or take a picture if you can and I'll help guide from there. Also what's your water parameters (NO2, NO3, Ammonia) and how long exactly has the tank been running now?

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post #4 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:31 PM
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My oto has eaten every thing that can be found in my tank(hair algae, zucini, cucumbers, brown algae). I have also seen my oto eat flakes that fell to the bottom of the tank.

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In my 10 gallon tank:
  • 1 Red male Betta
  • 1 Otocinclus Catfish
In my 29 gallon tank:
  • 4 Zebra danios
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post #5 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:33 PM
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My oto has eaten every thing that can be found in my tank(hair algae, zucini, cucumbers, brown algae). I have also seen my oto eat flakes that fell to the bottom of the tank.
Good for you - Having them yourself, you should know just how sensitive they are, adding them to a tank that's currently cycling like mentioned in the OP is fatal 99.99% of the time

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post #6 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:36 PM
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Yes that is very true. If they servive they are a great little fish to have. I have a friend that has a 100% servival rate with these guys. I dont know how he does it.

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In my 10 gallon tank:
  • 1 Red male Betta
  • 1 Otocinclus Catfish
In my 29 gallon tank:
  • 4 Zebra danios
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post #7 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:43 PM
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That's why I find it much easier for the OP to simply rid what's causing his/ her algae problem and leave the stocking list free for what he/ she wants to see in the tank

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post #8 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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the algae looks like little greenish blueish balls that attach themselves to rocks and driftwood.

I have had the tank cycling for about 3 weeks.
Ph = 7.8
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 5.0
Nitrate = Unknown
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post #9 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 02:31 PM
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Your tank looks like it has some bacteria growth in it. It also looks like to me that your pH is high it needs to be in the range 6.8-7.2 (someone correct me if im wrong).

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In my 10 gallon tank:
  • 1 Red male Betta
  • 1 Otocinclus Catfish
In my 29 gallon tank:
  • 4 Zebra danios
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post #10 of 26 Old 12-30-2009, 03:01 PM
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Rhizoclonium = fine green or brownish threads which are soft and slimy
Thread/ Fuzz Alage = Generally green and varying in length

From your description I'm not 100% certain which one you have just yet - Any chance of a picture? Or you googel the 2 named one's see what looks more like yours?

From what you're saying I am very confident you're having this outbreak due to low or no nutrition in your tank and/ or lack of CO2. Do you have live plants in there???
Do you use any fertilizer? How long per day are your lights running?

What I would do if this was my tank now:
1) Take effected decor out, scrub it down with a hard brush (no chemicals!)
2) Plant live plants if non are in yet and/ or Begin to add a comprehensive fertilizer (such as flourish)
3) Establish regular weekly water exchanges of ~30%

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