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post #1 of 12 Old 01-22-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Stringy stuff floating in Aquarium and on ornaments...

Hey,
My aquarium has fluffy, almost hair like stuff floating around it and some is stuck to the synthetic plant decoration (definitely not poo by the way). There isn't much of it right now but i'm worried it might be a kind of algae. I recently put in an undergravel filter in.
Should i be worried about this stuff?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-22-2011, 01:59 PM
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Sound like hair or beard algae.... I just googled it because I am having the same issues. It seems the that altering your light schedule is one of the best ways to treat it. If I figure it out .... I will let you know
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-23-2011, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, so closing the curtains for half the day then? :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-23-2011, 06:51 AM
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Yes thats what i'd do. or if the tank is in direct sunlight try to move it out of it. Also, you could not have the light on for as long during the day - a timer would help with this.

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-23-2011, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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They are never in direct sunlight, i live in Britain see...
But yeah I'll try closing the blinds, it's not alot of algae right now so i will see what it's like when it's bigger :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-23-2011, 07:22 AM
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Good Luck!

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-24-2011, 02:41 AM
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If you don't have any live plants definitely go the dark route. It gets a little tricky if you do though and I wouldn't go dark with plants (tried that...). Hopefully the algae isn't that bad.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-24-2011, 04:39 AM
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Can you try up your housekeeping a little bit? More frequent wc might help too.


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post #9 of 12 Old 01-24-2011, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Can i have the room's lights on if i want to go dark, in otherwords, will the algae still grow with just made made lighting on the ceiling?
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-24-2011, 12:50 PM
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When most people go dark...they completely cover the tank to make sure it works.
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