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Old 04-22-2013, 01:54 AM   #1 
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Algae everywhere!

Guys it's getting worse!



Seriously, what can I do to hardcore step it up to get rid of this algae?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:12 AM   #2 
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I have algae in my tank. I just wipe it off.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:34 AM   #3 
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You can cut the lights to a shorter length of time. Do a 50% water change and manually remove most of the algae. What's your setup substrate wise and are you adding ferts. Also how long do you leave the lights on. I've had luck with flourish excel getting rid of algae, but it kills hornwort and anacharis. If you use flourish excel double the recommended dosage every day until u see the algae going away.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:38 AM   #4 
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It's Eco-Complete and yes I use Flourish and Flourish Excel about once or twice a week.

Also, I have hornwort in there...
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:08 AM   #5 
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Do a water change and wipe down the algae on the glass and remove all the other algae don't use any flourish for now. Your getting algae either from excess nutrients or too much light. You can try doubling the dose of excel as a last resort but you got pay close attention to the rest of your plants . Try adding in some otocinclus cats after you do a water change and cleanup.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:45 AM   #6 
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Shrimp and snails will eat that up like its a buffet.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:46 AM   #7 
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I like the idea of adding some Otos.

About how many should I put in?

Also there are 10+ Ghost shrimp 4 Mystery snails and 1 Nerite snail already in there.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:05 AM   #8 
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What are the dots all over the substrate and maybe the driftwood? Leftover food?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:07 AM   #9 
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Some are Nerite snail eggs, some are leftover flakes I had just fed.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:39 PM   #10 
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Man, I wish I had that much algae...my otos do a great job on what I do get, but there's still not enough for them! Luckily they've finally started eating the zucchini I've offered...might have to leave my lights on longer!


Otos should be kept in groups of 3 or more. I currently have two because one died and I can't find any more good ones. Hoping to add at least two more to my tank eventually once I can find some!
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