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post #1 of 7 Old 03-04-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Tetra Algae Control?

Hey, i got a bottle of this stuff with a qt I got from craigslist. Since I cycled the tank with flakes (all I had) i'm getting a ton of algae. I'm guessing the water's got a bunch of phosphates in it, so will tetra algae control remove phosphates or is it just some stupid stuff with a bunch of side effects like a bunch of other tank chemicals?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-04-2011, 06:25 PM
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I have a little magnet cleaner that I use to clean off the sides of the tank. I also use an old toothbrush to clean my ornaments.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-04-2011, 06:27 PM
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I would not use it, I would do a water change and keep the lights off for a few days to see if that helps. What kind of algae is it?

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Read the fine print. The ingredient it has, is extremely toxic to fish and inverts. Do NOT even bother to use it if you have fish. And no, it does not remove the phosphates. It's simply chemical used to destroy the algae but when the algae is destroyed, it can wreak havoc on a cycled setup by reducing severely the oxygen level and elevating ammonia level. That can adversely impact your beneficial bacteria as well.

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oh...well then I won't use it hahah. It's brown algae, and ya I use a magnet cleaner to clean the sides, but the gravel and decorations are just covered. Ill do a water change and leave the lights off for a while and see if that helps. Ya, I've got my fry in there right now, certainly don't want to kill them. Thanks 4 the help guys.

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post #6 of 7 Old 03-04-2011, 09:10 PM
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Ahh...Brown algae is not really much of an issue even though it is definitely an eyesore. They just disappear as the tank ages. They thrive on high silicates.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-05-2011, 10:01 AM
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Diatoms, they'll go away eventually. I battled with those bad boys for a month. Just scrap them off the tank wall put them into the filter to catch them or during a pwc.

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