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Old 02-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #1 
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Some slight growth on the side of the tank?

I noticed some very wispy green growth that I assume is algae.. It's rather long and stringy and hardly noticeable unless you stare at the tank.
Is this a problem or beneficial to the tank? It's a 10 gallon, heated to 80 degrees with one female betta. Probably adding another 2-3 females and a shrimp or two at some point.
Wanted to make sure before I scraped off the algae from the side of the tank.
Also..is it a good sign that the tank is nice and cycled? It's been up and running for a few months, but we did just move 2 weeks ago and it was 100% EMPTY of water for 40min-1hr.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:25 PM   #2 
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It's like most algae - it's not harmful, but it's not hugely beneficial either.

As for adding 2-3 more girls, I'd suggest adding 4-5 instead. If you want to try a sorority, higher numbers are generally more stable. :)

An hour wouldn't have been enough to kill the cycle, don't worry. :)
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:40 PM   #3 
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Scrape it off with something like a MagFloat or get some algae eating snails such as Nerites - I'm a fan of Zebra Nerites myself.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:13 PM   #4 
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If the OP is where her name suggests (NZ?) then I'm not sure nerites are legal....
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #5 
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Im from the US actually. I was just worried with a 10 gal that 4-5 more girls and a snail would murder the balance I have. I always notice if I go above 5 fish total, things start dying. Plus I was hoping to add a ghost shrimp or 3. I love those little guys.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #6 
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In that case, what about Crystal Red, Cherry , or Amano shrimp? They are algae eaters. Ghosties will eat it, but I don't think they are as good at it as the others I mentioned.
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5-6 girls in a 10 is actually perfect. :) I actually wouldn't get a snail, because they poop a lot and do diddly-squat, but you could have as many shrimp as you like (within reason), because they have the tiniest bioload imaginable. It's a good idea to have at least 10 shrimp because they are social and love colonies. :)
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