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Old 11-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #1 
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whoa, algae.

So I switched my bulbs in one of my 10 gallons to a 6500k bulb for my plants & within a day ot so I had algae all over the walls of the tank. I put a nerite snail in there but it seems to be growing too fast for him to keep up. I'd rather not add more snails because they poop entirely too much for my liking. -.- I also don't really want to add any oyher fish because the betta that's in there now is kind of nervous. :( is there anything else I can do?
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:58 PM   #2 
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Wash it off. I use paper towel and they sell algae pads at the store to rub it off.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:58 PM   #3 
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Duh. Lol I feel stupid. Thanks(:
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:18 PM   #4 
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Is there anything I can do to prevent it from growing? Or at least slow it down a little bit?
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:22 PM   #6 
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Is there anything I can do to prevent it from growing? Or at least slow it down a little bit?
does the tank get direct sunlight in any way? if so keep it out and only use the lights for a few hours a day. maybe ask a plant expert (mo, aokashi, oldfishlady) how long to keep lights on.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:50 PM   #7 
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I'm a new Betta owner and am glad that I checked out the internet for info. I put my fish, Lemon Drop, in the 5 gallon tank I moved my goldfish from. I thought he would like it and he does. Now I know it is good for him too. I didn't know about needing a heater but will get one. He likes his plastic palm decoration, he lays on the leaves. However, I will get him a cave and silk decoration to be safe.
Lemon Drop will be happier and healthier little guy thanks to this site. So much I learned I'll put to use. Algae big problem, I changed the water and there was a huge amount of green stuff I figured is algae. It was hiding under the rocks so I did not see it. An alarming amount. Not in direct sunlight so maybe I'm leaving the light on too much? Not much on the walls though...I've never seen anything like that algae...strands of it, lots and lots of it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:17 AM   #8 
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i would just cut down the photo period. 8hrs a day is rnough for any plant... and if the problem persists, raise the fixture higher so that the light isnt so intense...
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Thank you I was leaving light on from waking to going to bed. My goldfishes tank gets very little algae.
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