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Old 07-23-2012, 08:06 AM   #1 
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Question dirty betta fry tank

i have 1 week old fry and there tank is filled with algae dead plants and junk on the bottom how could remove them
and how could i siphon the tank without sucking the fry
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #2 
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cover the front of the siphon with a cloth and be VERY VERY careful. try using airline tubing to make a siphon.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:10 PM   #3 
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Cool

How could this have happened in one week????

Lack of proper planning....
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:13 AM   #4 
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Usually most fry stay on the surface at night, specially if you don't use extra lighting. This should be the best time to siphon;
- Use an airline tube or something slightly bigger as siphon and a 1g light colored bowl/bucket for your waste.
- Place your waste bowl/bucket just below your tank - the top of the bowl is equal to the floor of the tank. This will give you a small but sufficient suction. If you place your waste bowl too low, the suction will be too strong.
- Fasten a stick of some sort to the intake end so you can easily maneuver the tube. Use your finger at the outlet to control suction.
- When you are ready to siphon, move the tube a bit in that area to make sure there are no fry. Then when certain, release your finger. Close with finger when you want to stop and or if dead plants get stuck.
- move any fry sucked out back in the tank

Don't worry about the algae, unless they are hair/thread like algae. They help reduce ammonia and are food to micro critters, such as daphnia.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:34 AM   #5 
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the algae look fuzzy and hairy
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #6 
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Take a small stick ... like a coconut leaf twig (or what ever they are called), slowly twist it at the algae. It should curl on to the stick and you can pull it out. This only reduces, it doesn't eliminate them.

If possible, slowly take the plants out - careful, fry might get caught in them. Then cover everything - no light at all 24/7. This should reduce the algae if not kill it. Then siphon it out. If you don't take the plants out, they will also die and you will at least have problems of cleaning the tank floor.

I usually throw away all plants that have been infested by hair/thread algae. No matter how you clean them, algae will regrow. If you don't have anymore plants, put them in a bucket and let them grow. Pick out the new stems (1cm long) and let it grow in a clean, algae free water. It may take a few weeks, but you will still have plants. ..... Oh, btw, I was talking about stem plants, not large leafed plants.
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