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post #1 of 8 Old 04-16-2007, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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algae problem

Hi, I am new to the forum and I hope someone can help me out with my problem. I have a 20 gallon aquarium with a whisper filter system. I have three 7 year old tiger barbs that I bought the aquarium for about a month ago. (They were housed in a 5 gallon aquarium all their lives) I do not have live plants, just the fake kind. I am having a problem with algae. It is stringy and on the plants and the white rocks are turning green. I thought that I read somewhere that your tank should not get sunlight, so I keep my blinds closed on the window that is about 3 feet away from the aquarium. But there is an aquarium light on the top that I have on between 8 and 12 hours a day. I saw in our local pet store that there are chemical ways to treat the algae, but I worry about harming the fish. I have had them for 7 years and I just love watching them swim around and they love to come up to the top of the aquarium to be fed from my hand. I wondered if an algae eating fish or two might be a better way to go? It would have to be something that could put up with the nipping my guys do. All three fish are missing fins on their stomachs from nipping at each other. Also, would a snail be a good choice. I had snails years ago and ended up with thousands of them taking over the tank, so they make me nervous. Any help would be greatly appreciated by me and my raggedy friends!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-16-2007, 02:55 PM
Due to the size of your tank a "fish solution" may not be feasible.

The following threads may be of some help.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-16-2007, 09:16 PM
Do a search on this web site for algea eating shrimp. I just saw the post somewhere. Shirmp aren't a bioloasd at all and are great cleaners.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-16-2007, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Holly
Shirmp aren't a bioloasd at all and are great cleaners.
Depends on what shrimp species you get. Not all are detrivores. Most are still contributors of bioload.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-16-2007, 10:19 PM
Your tank size is 20 gallons, yes? With just the tetras? A bristlenose pleco would munch up all your algae and only get to be 4-5 inches long.
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-17-2007, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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yes it is 20 gallons with just the 3 tiger barbs. I am really trying to avoid chemicals and I think that with just the three fish I can look into getting an algae eater of some kind. I will check into your suggestions, Thanks!!!
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-17-2007, 11:34 AM

When I was in a war with algae described in the second thread which I posted I purchased 6 Siamese Algae Eaters (although not set forth in link posted below they enjoy being in groups but from observation of mine I believe that 3 would be sufficient).

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-21-2007, 12:56 PM
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I just saw your post. My suggestion would be this: Take your time with this and do a water change with your gravel vac, clean your filter and housing, scrub the walls with an aquarium sponge, rinse off any algae on any plants and or decorations. Replace your water and add a product called "Algone" to your filter. It's no available at chains like PetSmart, etc. only at local shops and online. I have not a had problem since I added it. It is natural, not a chemical. Basically a "plant in a pouch". I was really worried about adding this but since it's natural I gave it a try and I was shocked at the results. It took about 7 days and I had to change the pouch once, but the change it made in my tanks was really amazing. It even controlled diatom for me. Once the pouch gets "gunked up" and smelly it's time to change the water and add a new pouch.


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