Attack of the green
I went on vacation for 14 days and put my dad in charge of all the critters running about my apartment. He did a great job (nothing died), but when I came back my 10 gallon was green. And I don't mean just a little algae here and there, this was a greenish of epic proportions. Algae covered every inch of every thing in the tank. I dunno how the fish didn't die because it had grown all over the uptake tube of my filter and it had stopped working.
I took everything out of the tank and scrubbed and cleaned all the plants and the gravel/sand as best I could. It was beyond gross.
What my question is though is what caused this and how to I keep it from happening again? I know that they didn't get a water change for the 14 days, but I did do a water change and put a new filter cartage in before I left. And there was no hint of greenage. The tanks i away from windows so it doesnt get any sunlight and the light gets turned off every night and on every morning.
Three things come to mind lack of water changes, too much light, and over feeding.
Just a note, with such in depth cleaning of the gravel and such, you're probably going to want to watch out for a mini-cycle in the tank. It's possible it will be just fine, but you should test the water frequently just to be safe.
With some water changes, I bet you'll bring down the nutrient levels in your water and the algae problem will be solved.
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