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Old 05-16-2011, 04:45 AM   #1 
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Algae

Hi I was wondering if theres algae all over the inside of a fish tank be benefitcial for the betta or does it harm the betta? I like like the look of it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:48 AM   #2 
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o.o i dnt think it is beneficial for him :/ im not completely sure though sorry
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:32 AM   #3 
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I was told in most cases to remove it. >^< you might post in the habitat forum asking for algae/moss-resembling plants if you like the looks? ^-^ how often are you water changing and is it cycled? P:
if it's not cycled and you're not in the process of cycling it then you need to be doing a 100% every day including cleaning the gravel. .^. your little buddy will get ammonia poisoning and die a very painful unhappy death D:
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:02 AM   #4 
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What kind of algae...generally green spot, brush type algae are harmless and can even help make the tank look more natural and provide places for the Betta to graze on microorganisms, however, since its a closed system some control and manual removal is needed with the weekly water changes......Blue green algae can be harmful...but its not really an algae but a bacteria....ID the algae and add some pic along with tank stats- so we can better help you
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:17 AM   #5 
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if it's not cycled and you're not in the process of cycling it then you need to be doing a 100% every day including cleaning the gravel. .^. your little buddy will get ammonia poisoning and die a very painful unhappy death D:
This depends on the size of the tank. You don't need 100% daily in a 2.5G or bigger.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:01 PM   #6 
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oops, I meant if they don't have a filter either, sorry, thanks Canuck ^-^;

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #7 
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:31 PM   #8 
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Nice tank. I don't believe the algae are harmful -- if anything, they are probably good for the tank and fish. After a while, if you find there's too much, you could just scrub the inside of the tank......

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Old 05-17-2011, 02:47 AM   #9 
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Now, I've only been keeping fish for about 5 months, so based on my limited knowledge I'll give it a shot:

You could be overfeeding your fish to some degree and/or maybe too much light. You don't have any plants in your tank to compete with the algae, so the algae get to use up whatever nutrients are present and grow. I couldn't give an opinion on if your tank has good or bad algae, but if it's the good stuff... it's a simple "plant" and can benefit your tank a little. It can remove a tiny bit (there's not much algae) of the toxins in your tank, just as a normal plant would. Also, a free salad bar for your fish, if they like algae!

So, just my 2 cents.... anyone, please correct me if I'm wrong. Just my basic understanding of things. :)

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Old 05-17-2011, 05:12 AM   #10 
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I think maybe is because of the dark sand but the aquarium kinda looks like the apocalypse zone... XD!

But I don't see the problem, you can always buy those anti-algae sponges and clean it.
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