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dmuddle 02-27-2012 09:30 PM

Algae
 
Anyone know any really good ways to get rid of algae in a tank. I have 2 snails and a pleco and BN. They seem to be doing a sufficient job I just wanna know if there was any better ways.

ashtricks 02-27-2012 09:37 PM

@dmuddle: Best way is to maintain balance of light, nutrients, bioload and filtration in the tank. In case of algae, prevention is better than cure.

dmuddle 02-27-2012 09:46 PM

Yea, that is true but everything is stable and all parameters are good. I think the ballon mollies excrete too much faecal matter.

ashtricks 02-27-2012 09:47 PM

@dmuddle: What kind of algae do you have in your tank?

dmuddle 02-27-2012 09:48 PM

pretty sure its natural, add jfengler he'll know he works in an aquarium and he's my cousin he told me but i forgot

magpie 02-28-2012 08:13 AM

How much light do you have and how long is it on per day? Is your tank getting any outside sunlight on it during the day?

Byron 02-28-2012 11:55 AM

We need to know the type of algae in order to suggest suitable fixes. But in general terms, if it is green/red/black algae, light is the key. If it is diatoms (brown), low light and silicates cause it. If it is cyanobacteria (as would be likely if organics are the issue) that is something quite different.

Byron.

Termato 02-28-2012 12:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 996840)
We need to know the type of algae in order to suggest suitable fixes. But in general terms, if it is green/red/black algae, light is the key. If it is diatoms (brown), low light and silicates cause it. If it is cyanobacteria (as would be likely if organics are the issue) that is something quite different.

Byron.

There is red and black algae! Oh my....I've had some dark dark green. I'd be scared to see that in my tank! :O!

Byron 02-28-2012 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Termato (Post 996867)
There is red and black algae! Oh my....I've had some dark dark green. I'd be scared to see that in my tank! :O!

Well, technically the brush algae is red algae, but it is so dark most of us see it as very dark green, almost black. I have looked at it now and then and can detect a slight reddish tint.


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