04-16-2007, 11:25 AM
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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!!