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  1. V

    Stubborn algae, I've tried everything so it may never go away

    I limit the lighting to 7 hours a day or less, I've tried snails and fish that eat the algae. (I did get shrimp at one point, but I acclimated them wrong and knowing they're that sensitive makes me hesitant to try again) I tried a plastic scraper, magnetic scraper, and an actual sharp blade...
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    A special thank you to whoever it was that shared how to make our own algae to sure my otos were fed after they cleaned the tank and would not eat anything else. ("Clean" water from the tank into a bin. Pump of liquid fertilizer, add clean/established rocks/decor, place outside in direct sunlight)
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    A special thank you to whoever it was that shared how to make our own algae to sure my otos were fed after they cleaned the tank and would not eat anything else. ("Clean" water from the tank into a bin. Pump of liquid fertilizer, add clean/established rocks/decor, place outside in direct sunlight)
  4. P

    Green Algae

    Dealing with green algae.. how do I get rid of it?? I’ve turned off the lights but it seems to be coming back
  5. danajs

    Acrylic Magnetic Algae Cleaner?

    We’re looking for a magnetic algae cleaner/scraper that is suitable for acrylic aquariums. I know there are loads on the market, but the trouble we’re having is finding one big enough for a 31mm thick acrylic aquarium in the UK. We’ve asked a few local aquatics stores and they can’t even order...
  6. V

    How do I get rid of wall algae?

    There's been algae on the tank walls for a while now. I can't scrub it off. I have the light on for seven hours each day. It's a planted tank. I've had algae on decor and plants too but that's been easier to wipe off. I have a snail and platies that sometimes pick at the algae. I don't want to...
  7. V

    I've already tried all the basic recommendations

    I have algae on the walls, decorations, and live plants. I've already tried wiping off the algae, but it wouldn't come off. I have the light on for 7 hours a day. I do regular water changes. I have a snail and some fish that like to pick at the algae. I have a 20 gallon so I can't get any big...
  8. Duckquarium

    Cheapest glass scrubber - needing macgyver options

    What’s the cheapest macgyver type algae scrubber that I can put together using household items? I don’t have any clean scotchbrite or anything like that… but I do have double sided razor blades and old t shirts.. Bonus points for pictures, I’m a visual learner.
  9. ellamay

    Best snail for algae cleanup?

    I have a 105l tank with ember tetras, corydoras and a betta (who will be moving into his own tank soon) and lots of shrimp. Id like to get some snails, ideally ones that help the tank a bit with algae etc. What types are peoples favourites? And how many would I need for a 105l tank?
  10. ellamay

    Green hair algae & cleaning tips

    Before I start, I realize I should've taken a 'before photo' of my algae situation, but I didn't think about posting here until I'd finished cleaning. So the photo attached is the after photo. So a couple of weeks ago I noticed green hair algae growing on a couple of my plants so today I...
  11. Z

    What kind of algae is that?

    Hi Guys, After 1 day of a 80L water change (my tank is 180L), I have seen some dusty of algae in my tank, I thought , "the fish and snails will get rid of it". (I have checked ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, all okay) I reckon it was an spike of phosphate (but how come?) Few days later it looks like...
  12. shaziasadiqah

    Finding the Right Algae Eater

    So, in my 57gal i have two blackghost. They seem to be very enjoying their new tank because it has lots of plants and rocks to hide. the thing is, now the tank have a lot of algae, so much that it worries me that it might take over the whole plants in there. can someone give me any advice to...
  13. newmag1659

    Driftwood Fungus is taking over my tank!

    Hi! I have a piece of driftwood that grew driftwood fungus almost immediately about 6 weeks ago. I looked around online and was told to leave it be and it'll go away. Well, it hasn't gone away and has now appeared to spread to my plants. I also have a very thick biofilm that my 3 gardneri...
  14. FishFinatic77

    Betta keeps killing snails

    My tank has a serious algae problem. The only place to put my betta tank was by a window, and now there is a constant film of algae covering everything. Now, I wanted to add a nerite snail to the tank to help eat some of the algae, but, after moving around for a day, he stopped moving and died...
  15. cmhassinger

    Algae help!

    So for a few months now I have been battling some algae some black and some green. It’s been on the walls and all over the drift wood and plants. It’s killing my plants and now I am worried it’s hurting my fish. I try to scrub it off and it doesn’t really remove easily from plants without...
  16. T

    Algae in two of my aquaria

    Hello everybody, I have algae problems in two of my aquaria. I have blackbeard algae in my community tank, and cyanobacteria in my blackwater aquarium. The blackbeard algae has gotten completely out of control and is everywhere. The cyanobacteria is contained to lower parts in the substrate and...
  17. Irksome

    Algae turned to slime

    Hello. I’ve had a lot of green hair algae in my fish tank so I have cut down on my lighting from 10 hours to about 6-7. The algae has now collapsed into a shroud of green slime draping over my plants. It’s very hard to remove as it no longer has the strength of the filaments and it...
  18. SteakNShrimp

    Algea on glass

    Hello, I've had a my tank since May of 2019 and everything was going great. Recently though (about a weeks ago) I noticed that there was some light green, spots of algea growing on the glass of my tank. It's there anyway to get rid of it? I've tried using an aquarium sponge to remove it but the...
  19. S

    Snail surprise in my tank

    I recently set up a tank. It has amazon sword, java fern and a plant that looks like cryptocotyne species. But now i started seeing snail's in my tank. I didn't put them in the tank. They just appeared. First there was one but now i see five. Since I have live plants in my tank so I am afraid...
  20. S

    Brown algae in my tank

    Recently I discovered that there is small brown bits that have started to grow on the glass of my tank and the plants. I have a new 10 gallon tank with real plants that include amazon sword, java fern and a plant that somewhat looks like cryptocoryne but i dont know what it is. I don't have a...