Thanks, Eileen, for the last response and this one. The algae I have right now is so little it is not even a problem or a worry. I mainly brought it up because I am going the live plant route this time around (just added more in the tank) and was unsure what my options were if I end up with more algae than i have now on the live plants. It is hardly that noticeable yet. I know that in the past with fake plants I would keep the glass cleaned and would take all the fake plants out now and then to clean. I was unsure on what to do with the live plants. I am glad to learn though that once I get things in a better balance, that there should be less of an algae problem in a live planted tank than in one that does not have live plants.
I know for sure that this tank is not low on circulation. If anything, there is too much circulation for live plants per discussions on this board. Also, I believe there is enough light and actually I think since I have been leaving the lights on for almost 15 hours a day, that is probably a contributing factor to a little algae.
I am glad that I have not had a really bad outbreak during the times I have kept fish, but I am so glad to have this board to come to, to learn about major algae problems in case they arise.
Thanks again for the info!
Originally Posted by eileen
I have a book on Algae with treatment
This family includes both freshwater and marine species and may appear black, brown, red, or green in color. These furry tufts stick to plants, wood, rock, or just about anything in the aquarium, and it appears to trive in acidic water.
H202 treatment- Use a syringe to spot treat problem areas. Then manually remove when BBA turns white.
Manual removal- Use toothbrush or wire brush to remove as much as possible. Sand paper will remove the last bits from objects.
Bleach treatment- Dip affected object/hardy plants in a bleach/water solutiion using a 1:19 ratio of bleach to water for two minutes. Rinse well before putting object back in the aquarium. I would not treat wood with bleach. This is the one I use all the time for new plants also to rid of snails.
Oxiclean treatment- Dip affected items in an Oxiclean solution, (pure, no additives)
Algae eaters- siamese algae eaters (SAE) and Amano shrimp.
Copper (not recommended in planted tanks or shrimp tanks or snail tanks) - There are commercial algaecides containing copper that will kill BBA, but they will most likely also kill your plants or shrimps or snails also.
Taken from the Algae Report book by Robert Paul Hudson. I hope this write up helps you.