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HMlairy 01-22-2011 12:44 PM

Stringy stuff floating in Aquarium and on ornaments...
 
Hey,
My aquarium has fluffy, almost hair like stuff floating around it and some is stuck to the synthetic plant decoration (definitely not poo by the way). There isn't much of it right now but i'm worried it might be a kind of algae. I recently put in an undergravel filter in.
Should i be worried about this stuff?
Cheers
HM

shadetreeme 01-22-2011 01:59 PM

Sound like hair or beard algae.... I just googled it because I am having the same issues. It seems the that altering your light schedule is one of the best ways to treat it. If I figure it out .... I will let you know :-)

HMlairy 01-23-2011 06:34 AM

Hmmm, so closing the curtains for half the day then? :)

NeonRainbow123 01-23-2011 06:51 AM

Yes thats what i'd do. or if the tank is in direct sunlight try to move it out of it. Also, you could not have the light on for as long during the day - a timer would help with this.

HMlairy 01-23-2011 07:17 AM

They are never in direct sunlight, i live in Britain see...
But yeah I'll try closing the blinds, it's not alot of algae right now so i will see what it's like when it's bigger :)

NeonRainbow123 01-23-2011 07:22 AM

Good Luck! :-D8-)

Aqua Jon 01-24-2011 02:41 AM

If you don't have any live plants definitely go the dark route. It gets a little tricky if you do though and I wouldn't go dark with plants (tried that...). Hopefully the algae isn't that bad.

SweetPoison 01-24-2011 04:39 AM

Can you try up your housekeeping a little bit? More frequent wc might help too.


Good luck!

HMlairy 01-24-2011 10:18 AM

Can i have the room's lights on if i want to go dark, in otherwords, will the algae still grow with just made made lighting on the ceiling?

shadetreeme 01-24-2011 12:50 PM

When most people go dark...they completely cover the tank to make sure it works.
Good luck and.... let us know
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