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Old 04-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #1 
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Green Algae

I now have green spots of algae in my 2.5g minibow filter.
Is this good/bad, or does it matter?
If it's bad, how do I get rid of it??
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #2 
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it doesn't really matter... if there is visibility issues i'd just scrub it off the front glass. I usually leave the side glass.... so it comes back slower.
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it doesn't really matter... if there is visibility issues i'd just scrub it off the front glass. I usually leave the side glass.... so it comes back slower.
It's in the filter on the Aqueon cartridge thing, not anywhere in the tank.
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It's in the filter on the Aqueon cartridge thing, not anywhere in the tank.
oh, then I'll leave it....
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Algae is a good sign that you've got nitrates in your tank, which means your tank is cycled, or the cycle is about to finish.
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Algae is a good sign that you've got nitrates in your tank, which means your tank is cycled, or the cycle is about to finish.
I'm not sure what this means, but does this mean algae is good? everytime theres algae on my tanks I usually white it down I thought it looked dirty so it was a bad thing
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well it probably doesnt look good! haha
but generally algae keeps your water clean ^_^
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:34 PM   #8 
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Algae is a living thing and the fact that it's able to grow is a good sign that your tank is stabalized for life. If you have living plants, it's not a good thing as they suck up nutrients and can on occassion cover plants to where they don't get the needed light, algae starts overrunning the tank and all that jazz... but I'm guessing you don't have live plants in your tank, so there's nothing to worry about ^.^
Basic thing to remember is: If water sits, algae will too.
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Algae is a living thing and the fact that it's able to grow is a good sign that your tank is stabalized for life. If you have living plants, it's not a good thing as they suck up nutrients and can on occassion cover plants to where they don't get the needed light, algae starts overrunning the tank and all that jazz... but I'm guessing you don't have live plants in your tank, so there's nothing to worry about ^.^
Basic thing to remember is: If water sits, algae will too.
I just have 1 marimo moss ball and 5 or 6 fake plants. But isn't it odd that the only algae is in the filter with the moving water going over it constantly??
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I just have 1 marimo moss ball and 5 or 6 fake plants. But isn't it odd that the only algae is in the filter with the moving water going over it constantly??
Not necessarily. You'd be surprised by how many forums you'll come across that have the same problem. Your lighting might not be enough for it to thrive on and in your filter, it might just be the perfect place for it. You should scrub it out and keep rinsing your filter with fish water tank so the algae doesn't clog up your filter, though.
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