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ironious 10-29-2007 06:53 PM

alage removal with out killing snails?
 
Hi, I have a 2.5 gal acrillic aquarium that has one neon and a huge blue mystery snail in it. It also has well established plants. But its infested with algae. The kind that is so tough that you need a razorblade to get rid it. The snail cane eat it cause it wont come off the glass. I cant even scrub the crap off. What can I do to get rid of it with out killing my snail or plants?
Thanks :D

Lupin 10-29-2007 07:01 PM

Re: alage removal with out killing snails?
 
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Originally Posted by ironious
Hi, I have a 2.5 gal acrillic aquarium that has one neon and a huge blue mystery snail in it. It also has well established plants. But its infested with algae. The kind that is so tough that you need a razorblade to get rid it. The snail cane eat it cause it wont come off the glass. I cant even scrub the crap off. What can I do to get rid of it with out killing my snail or plants?
Thanks :D

Welcome to Fishforum.com.:wave:

It would be best if you take pics of what algae it is. There are different types of algae which may have the similarities.:? Algae controlling chemicals are crossed out from the list as it can spell total disaster to most plants.

fish_4_all 10-30-2007 01:16 AM

It sounds like green spot algae which is like you said, like cement on the tank sides. The only thing I have managed to get to work is the magnetic scrubbers to remove it and then it takes a lot of elbow grease to get it all gone. Believe it or not, it is caused by a lack of phosphates in a heavily planted tank. But dosing phosphates in your tank might make it worse.

One thing that worked for me was Flourish Excel and I did not see any negative effects on my plants or snails when I used it. The normal dose should slowly kill the algae and help your plants. Just be careful and if you suddenly seen your snails curling up and not coming out after dosing I would do 2-3 immediate water changes, 50-75% each, and not use it again.

ShawnMcc 11-02-2007 03:50 AM

LoL thats how I took care of my recent snail infestation. I use Flourish Excel and most of them died! My plants were ok though. Some of my java fern died but it will come back. Thats what I get for using to much. Now I have a CO2 system set up.


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