So the first few months with my betta were great, he lived at college with me and I had no problem keeping his tank clean. Then I had to move him home for the summer... suddenly I have a major algae problem! It's the long "hairy" kind, and it's covering the tank decorations, filter buffer, and substrate. I get as much out as I can when I do water changes, but there's always more settling to the bottom. There's also a nasty thick scum that builds up on the water surface. I clear it away with a paper towel.
Now there's a lot more natural light exposure at this location, and I'm sure that has something to do with it. But unfortunately this is the only place in the house I can put the tank. So I went to my pet store and ended up buying a bottle of AlgaeFix. Has anyone used this successfully in a small tank? It's a 5.5 gallon and I do a 50% change once weekly.
I wanted to clarify the directions... the bottle says "Add 14 drops per 10 gallons, repeat every 3 days until algae is controlled." So should I do a water change each time I add more of the product? After it's controlled, I'm supposed to add one dose weekly. Is that dose based off the entire 5.5 gallons or just the new water I'm adding? Basically I'm wondering if this chemical is like Aq salt, where you can't add more until the existing water is replaced.