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Emerald Terror 07-15-2013 04:51 PM

Stopping Algae Growth
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I'm seeing alot of algae in my 60 gallon tank. I have a 60 gallon tank with 5 angels and 8 cories. I have a fluval 305 filter and Coralife 48 Inch Aqualight With 2-65W Actinic / 2-65W 10,000K Lamp Straight Pin Base (with fans). I currently only use half the lights and I run them from 7:30 to 10:30 everyday. I use flourish comprehensive once a week and do weekly water changes. I clean almost every leaf and the sides of the tank each week however I've had no success at stopping all this algae. I know the plants are healthy just do to the massive growth i see and the amount of runners that the val is producing. Ill post picture of the algae because I'm sure Bryon will ask for them any ways. If anymore info is need just ask or look under my aquariums. I would really love to know how to limit the algae growth.

Emerald Terror 07-15-2013 04:56 PM

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Here's another example. There is also alot on the glass but I clean that alot so there wasn't any today.

Austin 07-15-2013 05:53 PM

7:30 am to 10:30 pm? That's 15 hours-- an excessive amount of time, which is probably the cause of the algae.

chrisb007 07-15-2013 06:17 PM

I had a lot of algae in my tank 10 gallon. Then I bought a rubber nose pleco. Two weeks later, almost no algae. They a voracious eaters.

Then I switched everybody into a 55 gal. Unfortunately, my crab caught him and ate him. So if you have crabs, you probably want to avoid a fish that lies on the bottom. Some plecos like company so if you have a 60 gal, you might want to get a couple. I'm no expert on plecos though.

JDM 07-15-2013 08:11 PM

Long photo period... I thought mine was long at 14 hours.

If all of your light is 10,000K your plants may be doing ok but perhaps only due to overdriven lighting and the algae will take advantage of this. I would bet that you could swap out those 10,000k reef lights for 6,500k plant lights, drop the photoperiod to 8 hours and the algae would disappear.

Even with my 14 hours of light and high lighting plant lights I have zero algae... at least I've never cleaned any off of the glass, plants or driftwood other than a little beard on some vals' dead spots occasionally.


FishyFishy89 07-15-2013 08:35 PM

if it's from am to pm.....deff reduce your light big time. Maybe to 8-10 hours.

Emerald Terror 07-15-2013 08:59 PM

It's hard for me to really reduce the amount of time the lights are on too much. I play football so from when I wake up at 7:30 for school there on tell I get even if I turned them off as soon as I get home that's not until 7ish. I believe the bulbs have been downgraded but not for sure I might invest in so new bulbs. Oh and Chrisb I was told by Bryon one of the head fish guys to stay away from plecos because they eat plants and often knock them over when swimming by, this is one of the reasons I invested in 8 cories and hoping to get more. My only problem with them are the second set of cories, the bronze cories, are hiding more then I would like.

Austin 07-15-2013 09:10 PM

You could get a timer.

Emerald Terror 07-15-2013 09:34 PM


Originally Posted by Austin (Post 2560106)
You could get a timer.

I was just talking to my parents about that. How much are timers generally?(I live in California)

FishyFishy89 07-15-2013 09:56 PM

timers are pretty cheap! I got one from Home Depot for $20!

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