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It hitched on from some plants that I borrowed from my friend. It looks okay when its on its own like in the picture below. But it's wrapping around my other plants and blocking their access to light. I took a lot of it out, but it keeps coming back. And as you can see, it's too tangled up with the other plants. Please help! How do I get rid of this.
 

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Yes, that is totally algae...what kind is the question, but more importantly, getting rid of it. There is probably some imbalance in your tank if it's growing like the one in the second picture.
 
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I see. I have a lot of shrimp in the tank, but still they are not able clear all of this. I take it out by hand. But it just keeps spawning.
 

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I see. I have a lot of shrimp in the tank, but still they are not able clear all of this. I take it out by hand. But it just keeps spawning.
Yes you can manually remove it and the shrimp will help, but will not solve the issue. You have to find out the cause of the algae. Most of the time it's due to intense lighting, too much waste in the tank, lack of proper water changes, etc. It's a process of investigation when it comes to algae, but there are the usual suspects as I mentioned. You might also see if your tank is near a window where lots of sun hits it.
 

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The algae pictured is Cladophora. This is a branching, green filamentous alga, that forms a moss like structure which is why it can often be taken for Java Moss. I had this appear at the surface in my 10g tank a couple of years ago and initially didn't notice it as it was mixed in with the moss. It never became a problem, I pulled a bit out a couple times, but it may not have had suitable conditions to grow more. This algae doesn't appear to be slimy. Threads are very strong and very thin. It grows on rocks and submersed wood exposed to direct light, and in extreme cases will grow on plants also. Usually it tends to stay on one spot, which makes it easy to remove. Comb it. In a case where Cladophora takes over the grassy plants, mow the plants like the lawn. No algae eater is known to eat this kind of algae.
 
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The algae pictured is Cladophora. This is a branching, green filamentous alga, that forms a moss like structure which is why it can often be taken for Java Moss. I had this appear at the surface in my 10g tank a couple of years ago and initially didn't notice it as it was mixed in with the moss. It never became a problem, I pulled a bit out a couple times, but it may not have had suitable conditions to grow more. This algae doesn't appear to be slimy. Threads are very strong and very thin. It grows on rocks and submersed wood exposed to direct light, and in extreme cases will grow on plants also. Usually it tends to stay on one spot, which makes it easy to remove. Comb it. In a case where Cladophora takes over the grassy plants, mow the plants like the lawn. No algae eater is known to eat this kind of algae.
Thank you so much for the detailed reply! Yes it definitely seems to be Cladophora. I'm glad that I have a name to put on it. It is not slimy, and has the hairy texture you are talking about. Pictures on the internet seem to look like what I have.

Also, thank you everyone for your advice on the usual cuprits. I will follow that, and hopefully after I get rid of it I will post an update on what worked.
Take care everyone.
 

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I too have this problem, I cannot keep it at bay and it just keeps taking over more and more of my tank! It's even taking hold all over the other plants leaves, will it end up killing them? Is there anything I can use that will kill it but not my fish and other plants?
 

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I too have this problem, I cannot keep it at bay and it just keeps taking over more and more of my tank! It's even taking hold all over the other plants leaves, will it end up killing them? Is there anything I can use that will kill it but not my fish and other plants?
No there is nothing safe to use, because anything strong enough to kill algae will inevitably harm or kill plants, and certainly harm fish. Problem algae is due to an imbalance of light/nutrients, so restoring or establishing the balance for that tank is the only way to thwart problem algae.
 

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