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Old 07-22-2013, 09:36 PM   #1 
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Question ok, seriously annoying algae. help?

So a while ago I had a really big algae bloom, but I took care of pretty easily. and today I spent HOURS cleaning every corner of Thor s tank, and the filter cartridge was literally full of thick algae, so I cleaned it until it was literally squeaky clean, but I couldn't get all the algae off, so I checked back on the tank, and the cartridge is already full of algae again! I did the clean at 3:00 pm, and and a few hours before 9 it had algae. No where else. And I have kept the light off in this time, but it continued to grow. I have a moss ball, and two live plants. Please help me get rid of this before it spreads to the rest of my tank again
Here's how the filter cartridge is now :/
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:56 PM   #2 
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What does the algae look like? Hairy, green, blue, slimy?
How often do you leave the light on?
How often are you changing the water?
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:09 PM   #3 
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Just green. Not hairy, or even a tint blue. Just green. I'm trying to get a hold of a timer for the light, but for now, I leave it off a couple of hours everyday, and I do a 50% water change every other day.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:54 AM   #4 
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Try cutting back you light for a few days- like none at all. I've also had good luck using a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly on the algae.

I had a really bad infestation of cyanobacteria algae and these steps helped a lot to reduce it.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #5 
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Ok! Also forgot to mention that I turn off the light at night too, and does it matter if it gets in the tank water, or should I take out the filter cartridge to do it?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:34 AM   #6 
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You can leave it in the tank if you want, but don't have to.

http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com..._peroxide.html

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/p...559024333.html
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:25 PM   #7 
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Ok! AND another thing I saw while cleaning was that the water WAS a tint green. I will do more research about putting the hydrogen peroxide on the algae so thank you! :)
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How much and how often are you feeding? How long has it been since you replaced your light bulbs? Algae growth is caused by an excess of nutrients and light. Do you actually change your filter cartridge out?
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #9 
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I feed them every day, and fast them once (or twice) a week. I haven't even had the tank for a year, so I haven't changed the light bulb ever.and same with the filter cartridge. Though I get the feeling I should've changed the cartridge sometime, but I wasn't sure when or how often I had to change it :/
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Light bulb should be changed every 6 months give or take. The light spectrum shifts to the red side which causes algae growth after about that amount of time. our eyes can't perceive it, but plants can.

Your filter cartridge should be changed, at a bare minimum, every 2 months. Most of the time they should be changed out every 30 days, so i imagine that has a whole lot to do with your problem.
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