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squiggles1 04-09-2007 05:26 PM

algea
 
i'm having a bit of an algae outbreak in my tank. It's a planted tank with 2.6 wpg and diy co2. The algea's not really bad but it's a bit annoying. I think it's fuzz algea, it's green and a little like hair but I don't think it's hair algea. It grows everywhere, on the plants, glass, driftwood, etc. We've managed to keep it at bay but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions. We've got a phosphate test and that's not out of control. My husband added some NPK fertilizer a while ago and the algea didn't seem really affected for good or bad. All our plants seem to be doing well besides having a bit of algea on them. I read that high iron could cause it (we have well water) but I don't have a test for iron. We have 2 ottos (babies) 2 bronze cories (babies), 1 siamese algea eater, and a snail of some kind (besides the snails that come with the live plants). The tank is 30g, do I need a bigger cleaner crew? I also read that mollies are a big help with this algea, anyone know? They would go fine with the other inhabitants if they would help.

jones57742 04-09-2007 05:33 PM

The following links may be of some help:
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=895
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=28022

After reviewing this information please post again with any questions.

TR

squiggles1 04-09-2007 06:27 PM

thanks, i think i'll try feeding a little less and maybe getting a molly. hopefully once my plants are more established they will win the war on algea for me. Some of my plants were aquired about 2 weeks ago.I think it would be tricky to do much vacuuming do to the amount of plants and all the roots that entails. http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=5521 that's my tank, the front isn't so bad but the back would be hazardous.


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