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Old 02-27-2012, 08:58 PM   #1 
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ID these algae (pics): reddish-brown patches, white/red fuzz

Algae 1:
Dark patches that show up on top of my Pennywort leaves. I can rub them off a little, but not entirely - the parts "deepest" in the leaves sticks.

Algae 2: In the pictures it looks like white fuzz, but from above it looks like reddish-brown fuzz.

I have a 5-gallon tank, heated at 79*. Light is a Sylvania 6500K 13W bulb, on for about 10hrs/day. I do 50% water changes 1x/week. The tank is home to one betta (though right now he is floating in quarantine). I dose with Flourish 1x/week (day after water change). I have a Red Sea Nano filter whose sponges I clean by swishing in the old water during water changes. I have taped brown paper over the filter because green algae was growing in the tubes... I haven't figured out how to clean the tubes yet; I suppose I need to go buy a pipe cleaner. There's also a light dusting of brown on the inside of the filter chamber... diatoms?

How do I get rid of these algae?
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:17 PM   #2 
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Shrimp may be able to help you here, either Amano or cherry. Mine seem to love that fuzz. Other than that, reducing your photoperiod may help.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #3 
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Thanks Bombalurina!

I got a $5 timer from Home Depot, so the tank is now set to 8 hours a day in 4-hour chunks. I also cleared out the algae that had been colonizing my filter... let's see how this goes.

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