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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Algae Takeover!

I had an algae outbreak in the back right corner of my tank.
I went to my lfs and got myself a scraper.
Now my spongefilter looks like a moss ball.
the gravel vac refused to pick up most of the algae so I did all I could do by hand.
I cant blackout cause of plants.
The algae was Fishy's favorite hiding place.
Not sure how to deal with this now, I added 6 olive nerites to keep it down.
Its just after I cleaned the tank it looks dirtier than it was before.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 11:34 AM
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how long has the aquarium been set-up

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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5-7 months the algae started up in late June. It just started spreading. It's a light problem that I can't fix without damaging my high light plants my nitrates have never read over .25

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 09:38 PM
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I would invest in some nitrite snails :)
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 10:18 PM
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Excessive algae is caused by an imbalance in your system... I would add some fast growing plants like hornwort, the nerites will help, and the other thing to look into is a phosphate remover.
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Phosphate remover?
The tank gets too much light as well because its a sunlight tank.
All of the algae boomed a few days ago, after I used my ferts.
My water isnt green or anything its just my filter is furry.
The algae only grew excessively around my heater, any insight?

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 11:30 PM
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What substrate are you using? What fertilizers? Algae can be caused by many things. A picture of the tank might help a lot.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 11:35 PM
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I had an algae outbreak all over my tank. I needed the light on, but it was feeding the algae that way, so I bought several plants and a moss ball. Shortly after that, the algae went away completely. Then I got a snail to control it. Maybe you should try this? It just may work, and if not, then live plants are always good for a tank:)

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is ur tank warmer than usual...?
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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That's the best image I can get at night.
Everyone is sleeping ether under the driftwood, or in (what I think is) the foxtail.
This is after the cleaning.
This was the only corner the algae was really thriving in before I scraped it and removed as much as I could.

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