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post #11 of 14 Old 12-01-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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That is green dot or spot algae. Not much will eat that, even snails; I think someone on here once mentioned a plec (can't remember which species) sometimes eats it. I get it in my 115g tank on the front glass but if I clean the glass every week during the water change I rarely see it. Even though I can't see it at the time, the beginnings are obviously there, because if I don't clean the glass sure enough by the next week there will be a few spots visible. A plain sponge-type scraper run over the inside of the front glass will suffice. If you do see little spots, it is hard to remove and usually you need one of those sturdy little scrapers; sometimes a razor blad if really bad, but be careful not to scratch the glass.

It occurs due to light, although obviously other issues are involved or I would have it in more than just one tank. It will not be a problem if you remove it and then keep it from coming back with a weekly clean of the glass.

No algae will harm fish; on plant leaves is the problem as it will kill the leaf and if it continues to spread the plant will die. Except for the green spot algae, most can be kept within reason by balancing the light and nutrients for the plants. Reducing light works if the other types get out of hand.
Well crap, I was afraid the final answer would be that I just have to clean it. Guess that's what I'll do! What about the darker stuff coating the plants? Not much will eat that? Have to do it by hand also?

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Well crap, I was afraid the final answer would be that I just have to clean it. Guess that's what I'll do! What about the darker stuff coating the plants? Not much will eat that? Have to do it by hand also?
Pardon me, I forgot the second algae issue. But, without knowing what it is...did you have a look at that link I posted? Every known algae is included with photos. The blackish tufts are probably black brush algae, and nothing will eat it--except a fish that is much too large for a 10g. I leave it alone, but if it begins to becomes what I consider excessive I reduce the light duration. Tends to increase in the summer, prob due to more daylight entering the room.

Once you get rid of the dot it is very easy to keep it off, just clean the glass every water change.

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Pardon me, I forgot the second algae issue. But, without knowing what it is...did you have a look at that link I posted? Every known algae is included with photos. The blackish tufts are probably black brush algae, and nothing will eat it--except a fish that is much too large for a 10g. I leave it alone, but if it begins to becomes what I consider excessive I reduce the light duration. Tends to increase in the summer, prob due to more daylight entering the room.

Once you get rid of the dot it is very easy to keep it off, just clean the glass every water change.
thanks for the help! much appreciated

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I have a 10 gallon that had some algae issues at one point. I put in a Rubberlip Pleco, and the algae is nonexistant. They stay pretty small, but mine is extremely shy. If it wasn't for the decline of algae, I would have no clue it was even in there... It only comes out at night.

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