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Algae? How to treat? With Pictures!

Discussion in 'Algae Removal' started by jenjen, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. jenjen

    jenjen New Member

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    Hey guys i have a well established 10 gal tank and i am having algae problems. In this tank i have an assortment of 7 neon tetras and two cory catfish. Ive had these fish running on two years soon. I run an LED light above my tank, use sand as substrate and i currently have one live plant, an anubias which i recently added to benefit the fish and cut down on water changes. I had an outbreak of cyanobacteria perviously and after reading online, i cleaned as much as i could, i turned off the aquarium light and cut the fish feedings down. This method really helped get rid of the cyano.

    This new algae doesnt look like cyanobacteria, im not sure what it is and im not good at looking at pictures online to compare it to. Can someone help me diagnose this algae and tell me how to treat it?

    Also, the tetra easy strips basically say my water is quite hard and on the acidic side. I was thinking about getting spring or purified bottled water to replace the water i remove when i do water changes? Any advice on this? IMG_0691.JPG IMG_0692.JPG IMG_0693.JPG
     
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    SnailPocalypse Fish Crazy

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    In general reducing lighting by ding a blackout is only a temporary fix. Feeding the fish an appropriate amount of food and anding plants will help but they alone will not do the job. Identifying the type of algae may help (from the pictures I cannot tell what it is) may help you locate specific advice on the web on ways to deal with it. But in the end it all boils down to controlling nutrients.

    In addition to what you have done You need to insure your plants are getting all the nutrients they need. If plants are short on just one they will not do well and algae will take advantage of that and can take over the tank Howeer if the plants are growing well they will clean up the water enough that algae will have to compete with the plants for nutrients. Algae doesn't do well when it has to compete for nutrients.

    Your annulus doesn't appear to be doing well. I would suggest a good complete fertilizer such as flourish comprehensive. That would insure that you don't have a nutrient deficiency. It has a little bit of everything that plants need. That plus the nutrients from the fish food should help out a lot. We also don't have a lot of information on your tank water or lights. Not much more can be said without that information.

    For a list of all nutrients plants need use this link:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_nutrition
    The following link is about the estimative index, a popular method of controlling algae. The links following the text contain additional information about it.
    https://www.theaquariumwiki.com/The_Estimative_Index
     

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