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Old 11-13-2012, 05:55 PM   #1 
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Black algae?

So I have this reoccurring issue of what appears to be black algae, it clings to basically all my decorations, but especially my plant decorations, one is a silk and the other is a live plant. I've given the whole thing a full clean and wiped everything, and have even reduced the time I keep the light on my aquarium. But it still keeps coming back

Does anyone have any tips on how to reduce the growth or completely stop it? As far as I can tell it is not harming my beta, he seems entirely normal and active. So your guys' advice would be helpful.

I will upload some pictures later, as right now I do not have the time to take them and upload them, but wanted to see if any of you would have experience with a similar issue.

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #2 
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Just black algae, or black hair algae? Did you introduce any live plants? Or recently got your betta from the store? I found when I got a floating plant, black hair algae was wiggling it down and snagging my female's gills and fins.

Is the tank near a window? How often do you clean your tank? I found with my one betta (who had a filter, heater etc) if I forgot to clean his tank his would be the one with black algae, more than if I cleaned on time.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:22 PM   #3 
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I believe it is just black algae, I don't see the long hairs for it to be the hair algae. And it is near a window, but does not get direct light from it, more like indirect light. It has been roughly 2 months now that I have had my fish and the plant was introduced to the tank before I got my fish. This algae has just started appearing within the past month, and only recently seemed to grow so fast.

I give my tank a 50% water change once a week and once a month I give the tank a good thorough cleaning.

And even when I clean the tank on time the algae is usually showing up before it has been a week.

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:11 PM   #4 
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No filter? What size of tank? You could try introducing a snail (avoid asexual such as pond)
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #5 
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Nerites are great algae eaters.
I would recommend an amano shrimp, but your tank doesnt seem like it's stable enough to support a shrimp since they are such fussy things.

oh and flourish excel and hydrogen peroxide are things you can look into if the problem persists.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #6 
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My tank is only 3 gallons, so I don't think a snail would be the greatest idea, since I don't wanna have to worry about the possibility of having a snail explosion XD Being at college that's not something I wanna have to deal with

I do have a filter, a small one but yes a filter. And I have been considering getting one or two shrimp to go in there to eat the algae, but was unsure if my tank could support them
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your tank should be able to support one nerite. berites wont reed in the freshwater aquariua :)
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #8 
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alrighty I shall have to try it and see how it goes :)
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