11-14-2013, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by goldfish98
About a week ago I noticed the gravel was turning a dark green color, and I saw green spots on the tank. I dumped the gravel in a cup and rinsed it out until it was clean, and I used a clean toothbrush to scrub the algae off the glass. For good measures, I also did a water change. It's been a week, and the algae is growing back! What could be causing this and how can I stop it? I have a 10 gallon, but I am currently bugging my parents to get a larger tank. I have one Hifin platy, two green lantern platy, and one Marigold wag swordtail.
You tank is growing algae because it has the nutrients, light, and carbon dioxide needed for plant life.
Kill your lights and suspend feeding and the algae will die off. Usually in a few days.
If you do not have live plants, then adding fast growing plants will be a great help. The plants will consume the nutrients and starve out the algaes.