Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Well there are several ways to contain it. first you could use a new sponge with a green scrubby on the glass and every day clean the tank. (Algae blooms come from lighting. either direct sunlight or from a plant light. Usually Algae will not grow in low light. (like from a kit hood.) When this happened to me a few months ago in a newly setup 5.5 I didn't want to use chemicals to get rid of it for fear it would hurt my betta. But I did the natural thing and added 6 mystery snails to the tank and they went to work on the algae growing on the plants first, and I only cleaned the sides and front of the tank to keep the algae from forming there.
Now that the tank is mature, and I still have an algae growth (to feed the snails) The water is crystal clear and the plants are doing very well. The plant growth and the algae are your tanks health barometer. Any problems your tank might have will show up first in the plants and algae. Things start dying off you know right away you have a big problem with the water quality and health of the tank.