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  1. Should I perform a 100% water change?

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    I have a 10 gallon with 3 baby platys and a mystery snail. I recently had to keep the light on for longer periods of time to incubate snail eggs from my other snail. Algae soon overgrew in the tank, getting as long as hairs. I turned the light off and scrubbed the algae off. Then I did a very...
  2. Introduction and question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi everyone, This is my first time on this forum and I am very happy to be here since a I am new to the hobby and I believe this is a site with plenty of knowledgeable and experience aquarists from whom i can learn a lot. As I introduce myself I would like to take a moment to thanks the...
  3. A haze of algae

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    My 29g is still cycling. Ph is at 7.0. Ammonia is zero but nitrites are high at 5ppm. Nitrates are starting to show up. But I'm looking through a haze of algae. How do I clear this? The filter is relatively clean. There's an assortment of plants that seem to be doing well. I've...
  4. Algae growing on plant leaves only?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Hey! I have a pretty well planted 10g aquarium. It has lucky bamboo, two big crypts, Anubias nana, some sprigs of hair grass and tons of Marimo, but I'm having a problem with algae that only exists on the leaves of my anacharis plants.:( I have no algae of any sort growing elsewhere in my tank...
  5. algae blooms & die-offs

    Advanced Freshwater Discussion
    i've heard many say algae favors various different nutrient deficiencies. i found a forum for algae scrubbers, and someone had mentioned using harvesting the algae scrubber, ... then feeding what has grown in the sea (SW tank i'm guessing) with an abundance of the right nutrients algae is then...
  6. Wookie is shedding in my tank

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    *** All water parameters listed below, including Ferts and Lighting *** *** Picture of my tank CLEAN attached, will get a dirty picture *** Hello all, It has been a few weeks since I have posted, looking for some more help that could be of tremendous value. The question is, what is this...
  7. More algae please!!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I know....mad right? Just been doing my nightly tank check up and I've noticed that I can't really pick out any amount of algae anywhere in my tank.There's a touch left on my treasure chest lid but that's it. Is there any other way I can encourage a bit more algae to grow other than just...
  8. What is this Snail & How can I grow enough algae to feed him?

    I bought this snail with two others a couple of months ago. 1st: Can anyone ID the species? I'm new to snails. 2nd: Is there anyway I can grow enought algae to feed him and my pleco (the other two snails died. I'm afraid it might have been lack of algae to eat)? I feed them wafers, but I'd...
  9. Troubleshooting my 20 Gallon High

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey everyone, So my 20 gallon planted tank has been set up for around a year now. For the first few months or so, plant growth was minimal but noticeable (mostly the moneywort). I had significant cuts of water sprite and micro sword that never grew but slowly melted away. I have a few other...
  10. Collecting wild algae?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Yesterday I was at my local creek, and I always grab some anarchis and other plants for my pond and sometimes aquarium, but yesterday I saw various types of algae, like there was some thick algae grass looking thing, some large clumps of green looking fibres and some areas that were large green...
  11. what kind of algae?

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I have som steff in my fish tank that I think is algae. It first appeared as white fuzz floating around in the water in the morning. I looked into the tank and this stuff was just floating around everywhere. I was like oh no! my fish are gonna inhale this stuff and die!!! but then, In the...
  12. New to Oto Cats, trying to get them set up, advice?

    Going on all the good things I've heard about Otos, I bought two. Brought them home, got them set up in a 2.5 gal quarantine tank to keep an eye on them, then raced here to do some back-up research on them. Found they are a bit more maintenance than I had expected! Not having any algae, I have...
  13. algae growth?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    okay so i have a 55 gallon mbuna tank, i want to promote an algae growth on the rocks, im remodelling it soon ALOT, im gonna change gravel,rocks,lights but same fish. i really like algae look, green algae though, and im planning on having river rock large and small rocks, is there anything i can...
  14. Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae

    DIY Aquarium
    Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae from your aquarium (hopefully permanently). This new test version of the algae scrubber is much easier to build than the waterfall version (the Mega Powerful one), and is perfect for nano's. This new scrubber has...
  15. Is my Pleco Sicko?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    He is quite bloated looking. possibly pregnant? What would some treatments be, ie. will the pea trick work on these guys. Also there is a red spot on his belly in the pic if you look closely. Thanks.
  16. SO SICK of this recurring algae!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 5 gallon freshwater aquarium with four GloFish (zebra danios). The tank is naturally cycled, and kept aroud 75ºF. A few months ago there was a massive green algae bloom. I couldn't see inside the tank. I took a water sample to Petsmart and he said that all the levels were perfect. So I...
  17. Very Cloudy Water

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So here is the layout: I have 19 fish in my 29g. 10 zebra danios, 5 bloodfin tetras, 1 pleco, 2 odessa barbs, and 1 betta. The lights are on a timer and are on 10 hours a day then there is a blue led light for night time. I had a Tetra Whisper filter on it while it was cycling then...
  18. What kind of algae is it?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    So i noticed a small green mat of some type of algae growing in one of my tanks. I left it in out of curiosity and over the last couple weeks its become quite large. It is also growing in another tank but not as quickly. Can anyone tell me what it is?
  19. How to grow Algae?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Ok you pros out there, I have a 10 gallon aquarium with two shortfin mollies and now a new veiltail betta and two new ghost shrimp (one is pregnant). I want to grow some green algae so that my mollies have some and so that the tank looks better (im my opinion when i see algae in a tank it looks...
  20. Brown stuff starting to appear on front glass of 30g tank?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I think its algae, but I'm not sure. I wiped off most of it with a paper towel, I just stuck my hand in the tank and wiped it clean. But now its starting to grow more and more and I can even see it on the white rocks in the front of the tank. I'm not sure why it is growing only in the front as...