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Old 08-03-2012, 06:43 PM   #1 
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Anyone ever use this product? Tetra: Algae Control

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=11147149

I am interested in the above product but am wary of such things because they often turn out to be gimmicks. Has anyone ever used this before? I have a ton of wall/gravel algae that I'd like to control and since my snail is unable to be in the tank right now, I need to get this under control.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:25 PM   #2 
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I own it, it doesnt work, never has for me, i have had to go through snails and sucker fish or just scrub my tank. its a waste of money.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #3 
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What size tank do you have? What are the conditions like?
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #4 
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i personally think algaecides are just a bunch of baloney. Keep in mind the more chemicals you add to the tank, the worse it is for the fish, and it can cause your water parameters to become unstable at lethal levels. I scrub my tank every week, and my tanks looks great. It is cheaper and WAY more effective in my opinion :)

Good luck, and sorry about me having to add my 2 cents XD
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:12 PM   #5 
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I have several bottles of it

I never used it though. I don't plan on it either.

  • The more chemicals you use versus the old fashion basic aquarium maintenance methods will cause you more problems than it's worth.

Nevermind that first sentence. I'll go grab the bottles over the weekend and see if I can use them to treat/clean LIVE plants.

I don't plan on using them on any of my active fish tanks.

I may use it for cleaning decorations or nuking algae off decorations. We'll see if that works.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #6 
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Thanks for your input everybody! I have a 5 gallon tank that I can barely carry to the kitchen and it is cycled so I do not want to do a 100% water change in it every week. I do not know WHAT to do about my algae.... How do you guys clean it in larger tanks if you cannot have tankmates or do 100% changes?
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #7 
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Get some snails. Easiest way is to go to the petstore, look at the plant section.

See if you can find a tank that's sort of got a snail problem.

Buy one of the cheap plants, anubias/java fern. Be nice to the employee and ask him/her if they can grab of couple of the pest snails for you.

I know if I wanted snails, it wouldn't be that hard to get the employees to throw a few in there for free.

You should post a picture of the algae covered item.

It shouldn't be that hard to take a good focused picture of the decoration since they don't move.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:20 AM   #8 
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snails do wonders, but mine always die.... i dont know why but they do....
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:25 AM   #9 
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Try marimo moss balls. They are an algae and I've found that if you have enough of them they will out compete other strands of algae for nutrition. I think two large guys (ones you see in the cups at petco/petsmart) would suffice with a 5 gallon.
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2 in a 5 gallon????? ive got ONE in my TEN gallon :/ i need more? buhmer!
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