Originally Posted by labloverl
Is algae bad for the health of a tank? I have a divided 10 gallon housing 3 males, and algae collects on the back and sides of the tank as well as on decor and the dividers. It is not so bad that the algae just keeps growing. The tank has been running for over a year, and it's just now gotten bad enough to clean (I think). It's not really from the lights or sunlight either. Anyways, I plan to do a good cleaning on the tank, without breaking the cycle of course. What is the best way to remove the algae?
My amano shrimps and golden mystery snail eat algae, but to be honest, they are not the most diligent and thorough in their job ethics...
I use a turkey baster to stir and vacuum those black ones on top of the soil. This method works better thank livestock. Also, the plants grow better afterwards too.