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tommaso889 11-27-2009 11:53 AM

algae invasion
hello again lol i have aload of algae growing on the gravel in my fish tank.
can anyoone tell me how to get rid of it

MoneyMitch 11-27-2009 11:57 AM

describe or post a pic f it there are hundredes of diffrent types of algae out there depending on the type we can get a solution and cause of it for you~

tommaso889 11-27-2009 12:28 PM

i cant get a pic soz but i can tell u its grreen

Angel079 11-27-2009 06:18 PM

Is it looking like fine Hair?
Is it a brown "fur"?
Is it green slime looking like?
Look through the pictures here and see what looks like yours and post the name for us Freshwater Algae Types: An Illustrated Guide - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

long time fish luver 11-28-2009 06:05 PM

get a pleco or a good algae eater my friend did that wen she had the same problem

tommaso889 11-29-2009 03:50 AM

okay i will consider that what would you recommend for a 60 litre (uk) i think that is a 15 us gallons

Byron 11-29-2009 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by tommaso889 (Post 281874)
okay i will consider that what would you recommend for a 60 litre (uk) i think that is a 15 us gallons

First, find out what algae you have. Most of the so-called "algae eating" fish don't eat anything but the common green algae. And "green algae" can be brush algae, hair algae or cyanobacteria (not a true algae but it acts like algae), and plecos will not eat any of this. And, plecos get large, the common pleco to 12+ iches which is too big for a 15g tank.

You need to identify the algae and then fix the reason it is there. Did you check the photos in the link Angel gave you? Here's another good source for identifying algae: PG: Algae - An Overview -


tommaso889 11-29-2009 11:48 AM

i will try and get a pic for you

tommaso889 11-30-2009 11:07 AM

also can anyone tell me if there is any smallish plecs

Angel079 11-30-2009 11:12 AM

In the long run for a tank, its always easier to ID what algae you're dealing with (see my link above) eliminate the problem in your tank that's causing the growth. Anything else may that be a supposed algae eating fish or chemicals is only going to mask the problem but the problem will remain until such day you eliminated its cause.

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