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Old 08-15-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Algae!

Im having a major algae outbreak in my 10 gal! It is near my window, and I have a feeling that might have something to do with it? There is currently nothing in the tank except water, but a good half is taken over by algae! I do water changes about 25% twice every week. Am I doing something wrong? Is there anything I can do to prevent it? Let me know!
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:27 PM   #2 
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i learned fom my parents that when water and sunlight meet, there will be algae. if the tank is being shined on then that is probably the reason. try moving it away from the window.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #3 
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Ok thanks I will do that!
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:37 AM   #4 
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You have no fish or plants in the tank.

Yep it that darn sun.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:07 AM   #5 
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Yup, limit natural sunlight. Get a good plant light, 6500K or thereabouts, and plant lots of stem plants like anacharis, wisteria, rotala, camboba, lots of them to compete with the algae for nutrients.

A few cherry shrimp will soon multiply in a heated tank and eat a lot of that algae..

Then you'll need some decent nutrients for the plants to eat.. which is best provided by --- a fish!
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #6 
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Other than looking bad, algae is good for your tank. Free food for fish and eats nitrates. Nothing to worry about, but you can just move it away from the window. I have never had an algae problem in my life in any of my aquariums because I never put my tanks near the windows. Direct sunlight will cause algae blooms and can also cause your tank to heat up rapidly stressing your fish.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #7 
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Ok thanks for all the info guys, I moved the tank and no more algae!
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