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I'm seeing alot of algae in my 60 gallon tank. I have a 60 gallon tank with 5 angels and 8 cories. I have a fluval 305 filter and Coralife 48 Inch Aqualight With 2-65W Actinic / 2-65W 10,000K Lamp Straight Pin Base (with fans). I currently only use half the lights and I run them from 7:30 to 10:30 everyday. I use flourish comprehensive once a week and do weekly water changes. I clean almost every leaf and the sides of the tank each week however I've had no success at stopping all this algae. I know the plants are healthy just do to the massive growth i see and the amount of runners that the val is producing. Ill post picture of the algae because I'm sure Bryon will ask for them any ways. If anymore info is need just ask or look under my aquariums. I would really love to know how to limit the algae growth.
 

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7:30 am to 10:30 pm? That's 15 hours-- an excessive amount of time, which is probably the cause of the algae.
 

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I had a lot of algae in my tank 10 gallon. Then I bought a rubber nose pleco. Two weeks later, almost no algae. They a voracious eaters.

Then I switched everybody into a 55 gal. Unfortunately, my crab caught him and ate him. So if you have crabs, you probably want to avoid a fish that lies on the bottom. Some plecos like company so if you have a 60 gal, you might want to get a couple. I'm no expert on plecos though.
 

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Long photo period... I thought mine was long at 14 hours.

If all of your light is 10,000K your plants may be doing ok but perhaps only due to overdriven lighting and the algae will take advantage of this. I would bet that you could swap out those 10,000k reef lights for 6,500k plant lights, drop the photoperiod to 8 hours and the algae would disappear.

Even with my 14 hours of light and high lighting plant lights I have zero algae... at least I've never cleaned any off of the glass, plants or driftwood other than a little beard on some vals' dead spots occasionally.

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It's hard for me to really reduce the amount of time the lights are on too much. I play football so from when I wake up at 7:30 for school there on tell I get home.so even if I turned them off as soon as I get home that's not until 7ish. I believe the bulbs have been downgraded but not for sure I might invest in so new bulbs. Oh and Chrisb I was told by Bryon one of the head fish guys to stay away from plecos because they eat plants and often knock them over when swimming by, this is one of the reasons I invested in 8 cories and hoping to get more. My only problem with them are the second set of cories, the bronze cories, are hiding more then I would like.
 

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You could get a timer.
 

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Timers are super cheap off amazon. I bought one for like 6 bucks. Def worth it. I feel like most others, your lighting is on wwwaaaaayyyy too long. Get ya a timer and u ill be straight :)
 

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I live in california too. I would estimate the cheapest ones would be about $4-6 at Walmart. Digital ones might cost a little more. Probably like $10-12. I can't really remember because I bought it a long time ago. But I'm a very "frugal" person. ;P It couldn't have been too expensive.
 

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. My only problem with them are the second set of cories, the bronze cories, are hiding more then I would like.
Bronze corys are like that, pepper cory are a more active cory. I have both (well the bronze are actually emerald cats, but very very similar and often mistaken for each other) and the peppers constantly zoom around and spend a lot of time in the roots of the surface plants grazing, always see them. The emeralds/bronze come out at feeding time and occasionally other times. Given that i have four peppers and eight emeralds, i would swear I only have two or three emeralds.

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Bronze corys are like that, pepper cory are a more active cory. I have both (well the bronze are actually emerald cats, but very very similar and often mistaken for each other) and the peppers constantly zoom around and spend a lot of time in the roots of the surface plants grazing, always see them. The emeralds/bronze come out at feeding time and occasionally other times. Given that i have four peppers and eight emeralds, i would swear I only have two or three emeralds.

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Yeah I'm kinda sad they don't come out alot. The peppers are honestly the coolest fish I've ever owned. They're not beautiful, they're not big, and they're not graceful yet watching them swim and play around is the coolest thing. When I go to the fish store I really want another 4+ of them just because they're so much fun to watch.

I getting a timer today if any one cared haha.
 

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Depends on the timer. I have one that's digital and you can plug 4 items into it. It cost $20 from Lowes. I also have some that I got for less then $10 from Walmart but they are not digital and you can only plug one item into them. I would definitely reduce the photo period by using a timer. I would also suggest not getting a fish to handle it as some will only eat algae for a certain amount of time and then only certain kinds at that. Some can get huge and some are just mean fish.
 
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