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Old 11-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #1 
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Question Mars Algae Destroyer Advanced - thoughts?

Hey everyone, just wondering if anyone has used MARS brand Algae Destroyer Advanced in their cycled tanks. Did it also wipe out the BB in the process? Was it effective? Any unusual or negative effects to your bettas?
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:59 AM   #2 
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hmm... usually for algae I suggest finding the reason for the outbreak.
get rid of that first. it is usually an excess of nutrients.
I do have to warn you that the algae may be keeping your tank in balance right now....
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Thanks for ur response. When u say balance, youre referring to the nitrification cycle?
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:12 AM   #4 
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well.. I'm not sure yet but...
how big is your tank
is it cycled?
what is your photo period?
any plants?
what type of light?
whats your stocking?
what type of algae are you trying to get rid of?
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It's a 5ga cycled tank. A fairly cheap one from Walmart. I replaced the bulb that it came with with a CFL to reduce energy use and heat production. I leave it on about 5hrs/day (is that what u mean by photo period?). I have 2 anubias and 2 bunches of bacopa crenata with 1 betta in there. I noticed a thin layer of brown algae forming on the leaves of the anubias. I also noticed a light film growing on the inside glass. I do 50% water changes 1x per week. I do not have a co2 pump, I do not use ferts, I add Amqel Plus and Novaqua to condition the water.
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does the cfl light appear more orangeish or bluish?
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Hmm.... It's very whitish, like fluorescent lights. But if I had to choose between orange or blueish I'd go with blueish.

Btw, Thankyou for helping me out with this!
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I see, As far as I can think of, usually brown algae(diatoms) appear due to the tank being new. not sure how long your tank has been cycling...
give it a few more weeks and see how it goes, you can remove it manually for the tume being. Algae killers are never recommended...

If you are extremely eager to get rid of it.. Id suggest an amano shrimp from petco... one should do a pretty gold clean up job. and you can always return it after the job is done ;)
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You're absolutely correct, it's a newly cycled tank. It's only been a couple weeks since i safely deemed it officially cycled. I appreciate your expertise and ill take your advice and wait it out. When the active ingredient has the words ethylene dichloride in it I felt uneasy adding it to my tank.... Thank you again!
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you're welcome :) and good luck!
a note on the plants, you should wipe the anubias leaves ( i hope you didnt bury the rhizome!). I really recommend to have a few plants floating to get the most out of your light whilst darkening up the rest of your tank :) put the bacopa somewhere bright!
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