08-25-2009, 10:15 AM
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Bad algae/bacteria growth in betta tank
So I have a problem here. I have a 3 gal eclipse tank with filter here at work as a betta tank. I started to notice some green algae and a little bit of brown stuff starting to grow on the little bridge thing I have in the tank. I took out the bridge and cleaned it off, did a water change, and cleaned the walls of the tank with an algae sponge. I figured thats all the problems I had after over a month of owning it then I was doing pretty well. Well that was just the start. After I cleaned everything the green algae never came back but the brown stuff started to run rampant on the tank. I tried cleaning the walls and bridge again but it came back in full force and covered the bridge and spread to the fake grass. I finally took the betta out of the tank and did a full water change, cleaned the walls, ran water through the rocks, cleaned the bridge and grass and changed out the filter. I refilled the tank with water and put the betta back in. Well that didn't last long and now it is back in full swing again. Does anyone know how to stop this? Do I have to take the betta out and scrub the tank and throughly clean the rocks?(how do I clean rocks anyway) which would be a pain at the office but it can be done or can I add some anti bacterial/algae drops or something from the pet store? It literally starts to come back the next day and I cannot take the time to clean this thing daily.