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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 10 gallon tank almost 2 weeks old. It has Carib Sea Eco Complete in it and is planted. My tank hasn't cycled yet and no guarantee that my new betta would like a tank mate. I have algae growing on my plants. Could I try to add a nerite snail now? Would it be wiser to wait? I'm not sure but the substrate may not work anyway.
Thanks for any help, just trying to create a healthy environment for my fish/tank.
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I was struggling with algae recently (mostly bba) and just blacked out the tanks for two days after giving my plants a bath to be safe & treating the divider, and adjusted my light schedule, which was my biggest culprit. I now run my lights for about 5-6 hours a day it's made a huge difference.
I saw the algae in your other post and I'm not sure a nerite will help with that type. @russ elthe****zu recommended me amano shrimp to help with harder to treat algae for future damage control.
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Wow, don't try to speed type and mention Russell. 🧐
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Did you also try flourish excel? I'm not quite sure what mine is yet but definitely am keeping my camera on it
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Did you also try flourish excel? I'm not quite sure what mine is yet but definitely am keeping my camera on it
I used hydrogen peroxide, which Russell also recommended. I only spot treated my divider, it wasn't on my plants, but she mentioned a way of treating the whole tank with it in small doses. Excel was mentioned by others as away to go, but since I have mosses and java ferns I didn't use it.

Edit: when I mentioned giving my plants a bath to be safe, I just washed the leaves off with tank water, no chemicals.

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I would try nerite or mystery snails before any chemical. You mentioned Flourish excel, Just to let you know this is not a fertilizer supplement Like flourish. it is a carbon supplement. If your plants do not require being fed carbon don't use it thinking it is a fertilizer. Really the only plants that I know of that need excel are plants that require high light conditions.
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I would try nerite or mystery snails before any chemical. You mentioned Flourish excel, Just to let you know this is not a fertilizer supplement Like flourish. it is a carbon supplement. If your plants do not require being fed carbon don't use it thinking it is a fertilizer. Really the only plants that I know of that need excel are plants that require high light conditions.
Excel can be used to kill off bba, I think that's what they were referring to when they mentioned it.
Edit: realized you probably also realize that. 😂 Sorry.
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Old Dog 59: Yes, I hadn't added excel/carbon yet but thought about it before I found this stuff on my leaves. Not quite sure it would do well with the group of plants I have. So far, whatever is on my leaves isn't on anything non-living that I can see/magnify. Thought a nerite snail would be helpful anyway, just can't seem to find one locally.

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@Rainbo has had a lot of success using hydrogen peroxide. Have you cut back the time lights are on? If the tank gets any ambient light I would leave tank lights off during treatment.

I read somewhere it recommended if you have algae woes then once it is gone turn lights on for four hours a day for two weeks; then five hours for two weeks until you build to eight. At any time you find algae coming back like gangbusters you'll know your light limit for the tank + ambient/window light. Haven't tried it, though, because I know why my tanks get algae: Not using the timer and leaving lights on too long.
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Right now I have an finnex light with auto mode, it's mainly red early, then daylight, then sunset, moon and dark. When I blow up pics my leaves seem to have debris on them and then the few leaves with this hairy stuff doesn't really look like BBG. Not much ambient light where the tank is at. I will keep an eye on this and see if it grows. since the tank is only about 13 days old now I think it will go through a lot of changes. It hasn't cycled yet.
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