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acgaslover 03-14-2009 10:40 PM

algae overgrowth
I have a 10 gallon tank with 2 bettas, 2 AFD's, 2 ghost shrimp, and 3 pieces of bamboo. I'm not sure what the light wattage is because I can't find the extra bulbs at the moment. They aren't flourensent.

I never had any algae with just the bettas and frogs in the tank. Ever since I added the shrimp and bamboo, I've had horrible algae growth. I think it started after adding the bamboo and not the shrimp but I'm not positive.

I don't really have a problem with algae on the walls. It likes to grow mostly on the divider and everywhere else, including on the bamboo. I've had to clean the divider twice and the stuff in the tank once in a week. Is there anything I can do to keep up with the algae growth? I was thinking of maybe finding a 2 or 3 gallon tank to put the other betta in so there wouldn't be a divider but I think the algae would just go everywhere else.

Sj45 03-14-2009 11:47 PM

Api does make a product called "algaefix", you may want to try that, I don't have to much experience w/ algae though, sorry.

Lupin 03-15-2009 11:24 PM

Do you have pics of the algae? Do you know what type of algae you have? Don't use algaecides to solve your problems. Determine the cause before you do. Most algaecides are copper based that can destroy all your fauna.

flight50 03-16-2009 12:16 PM

basically you can only control algae. you can't completely stop it. you attack it at its source. determine the cause. chemicals may or may not rid of your problem but its temporary. besides you don't want to use chemicals or additives if you don't have to.

mattyphilly 03-16-2009 01:04 PM

do u have a pic? I'm sure it's not as horrible as u make it sound

acgaslover 03-17-2009 12:08 AM

I'll get pics as soon as I get batteries for my camera, though they may not be helpful because previous pics of the tank were too blurry to see anything.

acgaslover 03-20-2009 12:26 AM

So I tried to take pictures of the tank but my camera is just too low in quality and it's too blurry to see anything.

1077 03-20-2009 04:12 AM

A little algae exists in nearly all healthy aquariums. Cutting down on lighting periods to say nine to ten hours a day might be helpful along with proper watt bulbs. Cleaning the glass regularly with glass scraper or clean paper towel folded into fourths, and replacing filter cartridges as needed can also help.
Decaying organics such as uneaten food or poop collecting on the bottom of the tank will also encourage algae. I am guessing , that you may be providing too much light either due to too many watts ,or is it possible that tank is receiving sunlight in some way?

mattyphilly 03-21-2009 09:23 AM

i love the green algae in my tanks. makes everything look more natural

acgaslover 03-26-2009 03:08 AM

I have the lights rotating every 12 hours. Maybe I'll switch it to 9 and see if it helps at all.

Oh, and one of the two bulbs burnt out yesterday so maybe I'll not replace the bulb yet to see if the algae is growing from too much light.

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