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post #1 of 2 Old 01-22-2011, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Help with algae

Hi folks, first time poster. I've had aquariums off and on for a long time and now have one that I think is in the neighborhood of 8-10 gallons for daughter. It's been established for a few years now and the only resident is a single snail and about 15-18 mollies. I know that's to many fish for the size of the tank, but babies keep showing up every now and then

I've had an algae problem with this tank for quite some time and nothing seems to work. I've tried chemicals, some of which killed off a few fish, but they never seemed to work. The fake plants are covered in it, as is the gravel. I change about 1/2-2/3 of the water bi weekly and scrub the sides of the glass to try to keep it under control. I figured it was time to hit the net and see if I could get a little help. The tank isn't in direct sunlight, but it does get some sunlight and the tank light is on for about 13hrs. each day. Here are a few pics:
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-23-2011, 05:58 AM
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First thing I would do is get to your local aquatic store and get your tank water and your tap water tested for Phosphate and Nitrate. Both of these are great algae foods and both can be present in tap water making water changes futile! The second thing I would do is reduce the length of time your light is on. reduce it gradually by 1 hour a week or so until you see a difference. I find that between 8 - 10 hours a day is adequate in most tanks, although everyone is different!

Failing all of this we have had great success with a product by eSHa called Protalon. Many of our customers recommend it.

Hope this helps a little.
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