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Can too much algae be a bad thing?

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Can too much algae be a bad thing?
Old 08-18-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
 
Can too much algae be a bad thing?

Hey everyone, I'm just kind of curious if there's any reason to worry about having a ton of algae other than personally disliking it.

I have a 10 gallon tank with a crayfish and a box filter, and since the crayfish eats all of his plants, it only has rocks pvc tubes and a fake plant for decoration.

I'm assuming that since there's no plants for competition, the algae is in a nice environment to run rampant, and I don't see why it would be a problem, but I figured I'd ask.

My crayfish doesn't seem to have changed his behavior since the algae started going crazy, he still scavenges all night, I swear I occasionally hear what sounds like him trying to crush rocks, he loves to hide in his pvc tube or his rock cave, and all of these things were the same for the time before when he had plants and much less algae.

I occasionally see him eating the algae off of the front of the tank(The front of the tank is literally covered with green and brown algae, I personally think it looks kind of cool when it waves in the current, and he eats it so it seems like a nice thing to leave for him) and most of the decor is browned on top with algae, but other than appearance, is there any reason to worry about this?

I also had a small patch appear on the glass near the top that was almost a fluorescent blue green, I've never seen algae like it in my tanks, but it seemed that for whatever reason either him or my malaysian trumpet snails ate that entire section(Theres a clear section on the tankthat the algae was in that they literally cleaned) I don't imagine it would be, but I don't know if this would for whatever reason be something to worry about.


I plan on cleaning the front glass(grudgingly) so that I can see him again without having to find a peep hole through the algae, but I just wanted to ask if there was any really negative side of having a large amount of algae in a tank.


Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:47 PM   #2
 
Also curious, I already scrubbied the front glass, and I threw some rocks and pvc chunks to propogate algae(for my amano shrimp) When this happens again, are there any good ways to salvage the algae for treats? Maybe some item that is good at clinging the algae to itself rather than just scrubbing it off?

Just seems sad to see all that algae go away when I know my amanos would love it.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
 
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I have no idea but I am anxiously awaiting other's answers. :)
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:41 PM   #4
 
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I have no idea is this is right, but I always assumed that algae was a good thing because it uses up all of those excess nutrients (like ammonia)

And if you wanted to save some for another tank, just wipe the algae off with a piece of cotton fabric, then rinse it off in the shrimp tank.

DO make sure you do a water change and try to siphon all of the scraped algae out of the tank... Otherwise it will rot in the tank.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #5
 
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I have no idea is this is right, but I always assumed that algae was a good thing because it uses up all of those excess nutrients (like ammonia)

And if you wanted to save some for another tank, just wipe the algae off with a piece of cotton fabric, then rinse it off in the shrimp tank.

DO make sure you do a water change and try to siphon all of the scraped algae out of the tank... Otherwise it will rot in the tank.
Did the water change after the algae last night, didnt think of a cotton cloth, wish I had, I'm sure my amanos would have loved it, but I'm guessing the new pvc and rocks I threw in there will go wild now. The top of his big pvc hiding place is practically black with algae, until one day the snails decide to make zig zags all over it.
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