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First of all, it's been a long time. Hello, how is everyone? Remember me? :p

Anyway, getting to business, Robert is doing fine in his tank despite being shuttled back and forth between cities every so often. The problem is, the tank is rather unhappy. It has quite the algae problem - the green kind that's impossible to scrub off. It's a five gallon and I change the water 50% every week, which seems to keep the fish perfectly happy, and I've tried scraping it off when the water is low during that process, but it doesn't really help. The tank is planted, it has three anubias, one green temple plant (hygro angustifolia, I think?) and a smattering of java ferns. It's fairly low light because I can't get any high light fixtures that are reasonably priced for a five gallon tank. :p

Oh, I used to use fertilizer occasionally to help the plants, but since the algae bloom I've stopped it. That didn't seem to bother the algae, but my plants are rather upset. :/ I'm afraid to start it back up because I don't want the algae to get any worse.

Anyway, how can I get rid of the algae without killing all my plants or risking my fish's health?

Thanks, guys! :D
 

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I'll try to get a pic for you tomorrow. :) Right now the bulb is 3 or so inches from the water, the bulb is maybe 6 months old or so, there is a glass lid between the water and the bulb. I turn the bulb on when I get up around nine and when I go to sleep around midnight. The tank is glass, I believe. There is a filter, I'm not sure what type you would call it but it's mounted over the side of the tank and is motorized (but baffled to reduce the noise and flow for the fish). The tank's been running continuously for... wow, it must be at least two years now. I had Friedrich in it, the fish that I had when I first joined up here. This is the first time the tank has had such bad algae problems.

Another thing I noticed is that the algae starts at the bottom of the tank rather than the top closest to the light, does that mean anything?

Nice to see you again, OFL! :D
 

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;_; But my elbows have never been that greasy...

Can I get a glass scraper at a pet store? Where should I look for one?
 
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