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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Algae growing on lid

I have algae growing not in my tank but on the glass where the lighting fixture sits.
Does anyone know how to prevent this?
I feel like this could cause alot of problems in my tanks future.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 08:36 PM
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It's the light. Light, heat and moisture causes algae. I find having a lid where the light sits NOT on the glass, but has a large spot where the light does not have to go through the glass (cut out section) works best to avoid algae.

Algae is not a terrible evil force to be reckoned with. It's... Algae. Now, black beard and hair algae... Not good!! But regular green/brown algae or gooey algae is pretty common and harmless. It won't bug your fishies, just probably you aesthetically. Now my 30 HAS had so much algae that three days later I could not see a fish in sight (literally every wall was coated with the algae) and I resorted to a Siamese (4 inch) Algae Eater - not to be confused with the larger, more aggressive Chinese Algae Eater - and in a day he was fat and my tank was sparkling clean!

Depending on what size of tank you have, and what you have in there (betta, community fish, etc) there are some helpful buddies you could get... Otherwise you may want to cut out a section of the glass so the light shines in the tank, rather than through the glass. Or you are stuck with hand-to-algae battles :)
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Im a bit paranoid due to having a seemingly unending battle with hair algae in my other tank.
This tank just has a bit of brown diatoms.
Honestly I even considered getting a bnpleco to take care of that algae then transferring it to a 40g breeder tank.
I guess I'll just wipe it off every water change.

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Do you have enough for it to eat in the 40? That'd be my only issue lol. Siamese Algae Eaters get about 4 inches long? So never a threat to any fish as long as they are fed (to avoid them eating fish's slime coat...)
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BNs normally only get around 4-5 inches (but ive seen some huge ones lol).
Ive had alot of success with them eating algae wafers.
All in all, Ive just been doing the other one by hand. Its in blackout right now.
My cycle crashed after my surge protector flipped off (not sure how) and my filter was off for maybe 2 weeks. I got really lucky and ended up with a huge algae breakout instead of losing anyone.
The 40 gallon has Cladophora growing off the driftwood, but nothing eats that.

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That's a pain lol. Amano shrimp eat that algae from what I've heard. I was going to get plants but they had the clado algae in their tanks, so I second thought my plan... I'm picky to not getting ickies in my tank! Most of my plants also get rinsed before adding...
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Ive lost 5 or 6 shrimp in that tank.
Fishy is too aggressive.
When I feed the cories he lays on top of the food sometimes so they wont get it.
The blackout is working, I pulled out 2 big handfulls today.

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What a mean fish... Lol! Yeah the other option is to manually remove it. At least it doesn't spread as bad as hair algae does.
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