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Old 07-20-2013, 03:40 AM   #1 
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Algae or something else?

Out of nowhere, this white threads appeared on everything especially the plants or at least thats where I see them best. Reading up some sites say they're algae and some places say otherwise. I just wanted to know what it is and if I should do something about it.

I've currently been pulling some of it off with a tooth brush and completely turned off the lights, the betta is fine with out them right now with there being at least 20 hours worth of sunlight from the window.

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Old 07-20-2013, 07:51 AM   #2 
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If its whitish or clear its possibly just a protein film build up which isn't really a big deal. I have it on my airline tubing. The most you can do is scrub it off but it may come back. I believe snails will eat it though, so that's an option.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:30 PM   #3 
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I have it on everything thats the thing, I can feel it on the glass, it's kind of slimy but it it's also stringy, it like appeared in a matter days now it's gotten kind of long in some parts and my fish isn't so pleased, he attacks the floating pieces like it's food only to be disappointed. I might think of getting a snail soon then.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #4 
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Does it stink? And is it mucousy? It may be a bacteria. From what I've read, I don't think it's harmful though, and I read bettas will eat it. But I'm not sure if I'd want my fish in that lol, I'd do a thorough cleaning if you can.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #5 
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It doesn't really stink, yeah its mucus but not much. I think it grew so quickly cause I tried leaving the light on 24/7 when he was really stressed. it might be algae. I'll try that in his next cleaning, I'm pacing them out a little after I did like twice a day for almost 5 days when the ammonia spiked. I just want to know what it is cause everywhere tells me different

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Old 07-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #6 
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Maybe a water mold, there thousands of different type most stringy and white


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Old 07-22-2013, 01:13 AM   #7 
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maybe staghorn algae?


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Old 07-22-2013, 09:17 PM   #8 
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So I think it's water mould from what idk, Ned eats all his food I'm sure of it now. How would I get rid of it?
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