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Old 11-01-2009, 12:17 PM   #11
 
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alright then I will start doing the water changes every sunday(just got done doing a 40-50% change), also added some chem that remove's all the bad stuff. ALso just got my wet/dry running, I know that wont help with the algae but it makes me feel good LOL.

Now I have to go and find another rubberlip or some other small pleco. Im also thinking of some snails
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:21 PM   #12
 
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alright then I will start doing the water changes every sunday(just got done doing a 40-50% change), also added some chem that remove's all the bad stuff. ALso just got my wet/dry running, I know that wont help with the algae but it makes me feel good LOL.

Now I have to go and find another rubberlip or some other small pleco. Im also thinking of some snails
I realize recommending live stocks does not solve problems but it will help you keep algae levels down if you have other factors properly countered.

If you want small pleco, you can look into bristlenose pleco. Other species good for different types of algaes include Amano Shrimps, Nerite Snails and SAE. There will be others but I am happiest with these so far.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
 
adding live stock to counter algae doesn't solve the cause which is why I don't recommend it, your better off fighting the cause.

Please can you get a picture of the algae?

Most likely causes:
Unstable CO2
Poor flow
High levels of feces detritus and urine etc, which are rotting into ammonia and causing the algae.
Excessive light
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:44 PM   #14
 
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adding live stock to counter algae doesn't solve the cause which is why I don't recommend it, your better off fighting the cause.

This really is very true. I remember the first time when I had an algae problem (especially the hair algae type) no live stocks would fix this problem. I tried at least 10 different species. At the end, I had to do a blackout for 3 days then reduced both the intensity and the duration of the light by a significant margin. Algae issue never showed up again. In my case, water parameters were fine at that time. The tricky thing is, every tank is different so you really need to see individual tank to see why algae is causing issues.

So, live stocks can eat _some_ algae, but if you have other factors that produce more algae, this will not be a solution.
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:57 PM   #15
 
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When i did the water change today I clean up everything so its gone for now.

As of right now I dont have anything to eat algae at this moment, Ill have to check tomorrow with my LFS about getting a bristtlenose for me
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:15 PM   #16
 
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When i did the water change today I clean up everything so its gone for now.

As of right now I dont have anything to eat algae at this moment, Ill have to check tomorrow with my LFS about getting a bristtlenose for me
One favourite quote from a friend of mine, "plecos are for life, not just for algae" and it couldn't be more true.
Combating the cause is a better solution
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:37 PM   #17
 
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I know it wont solve the issue. I am cutting back the light time, Im going to do more water change's and change more of the water when I do it.
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