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Old 06-21-2013, 11:09 AM   #1 
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Algae Buildup

Hi all! Recently I have noticed a lot of algae buildup in my tank and I haven't been able to get rid of it. I have tried algaecides, cleaning more often than usual closing my blinds etc. but nothing has worked. I don't want to get a sucker fish because Cas is aggressive. Any tips for removing the algae?
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:50 AM   #2 
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What kind of algae? How long are your tank lights on each day if it has a light? Is it only on the tank walls or all over everything? How bad is it? I know some people don't like any algae in the tanks, I don't mind some. In order to control my algae I changed my lighting schedule & I added snails but I know not everyone like snails.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:06 PM   #3 
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I don't know what kind of algae it is; it's bright green. I don't mind a little algae but it's taking over (even on my air stones) which is why I'm a little concerned. my lights are only one a few hours because the room is pretty bright as is. I hadn't thought about snails, although I'm sure Cas will eat them.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:21 PM   #4 
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Oh the dreaded green algae. I had a huge problem with that in one of my tanks, mild problem in another . . . Nerite snails if you can find them. I have not seen hide nor hair of the green devil since. The snails are big enough he probably won't bother with them, they move so slowly you can't even tell they are moving so they probably won't draw much attention to themselves. In a 10g tank you could have 2-3 with no problem.
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Awesome! Thanks so much! I have to make a run to the aquarium shop tomorrow anyway so I'll check for snails. :)
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Good luck. They can be hard to find & you may have to find them online.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #7 
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Is there a sticky post somewhere on this forum detailing the pros/cons of snails and listing the different varieties (with photos) of the common ones people like to add to their Betta tanks?

Edit: maybe there is a sticky on algae eaters, which would include snails, shrimp and other creatures?

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I haven't seen a sticky but there have been lots of discussions on it.
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