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Algae bloom

Postby Absolver » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:09 pm

Everyone, look upon me with scorn and disdain. I got lazy and skipped a tank cleaning or two and now I've got a bunch of algae. I was wondering if I should just get back on my tank cleaning regiment and see if it clears up or if I need to do anything else. I have a snail, an otocinclus, and a ghost shrimp to clean my tank. Was thinking maybe get a moss ball to eat up some of the nutrients the algae needs?
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Carylnz » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:17 pm

Why the scorn and disdain? Algae happens to everyone at some point and some is natural. It is only when it gets out of hand that it becomes a problem.
If it the result of a missed routine, and was fine before, I would go back to the routine and it might correct itself with no other intervention required.
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Absolver » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:05 pm

I just feel like a bad fish owner for not taking better care of them. I cleaned the tank Wednesday and just removed and replaced water again today (about 20% each time).
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Carylnz » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:28 am

Algae is perfectly normal. It is only a problem if it takes over, or you think it is unsightly. The fish don't mind it and often nibble on it. Having algae is not a sign of a bad fish owner :wink:
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Absolver » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:51 am

The water is cloudy and green :(
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Carylnz » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:26 am

Was the water cloudy and green before or was the algae the type growing on plants and rock?
Sounds like the aquarium nutrients are all out of balance and it will take regular maintenance, water changes and patience to get it right again.
You could also try planting some fast growing plants, like hygrophila polysperma, to outcompete with the algae. Amazon swords, if you have deep enough substrate for one, are good at taking up excess nutrients.
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Absolver » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:46 am

I want to get into a planted tank. I just haven't studied enough to know what to do. The water clouded as the algae grew.
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Carylnz » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:08 am

A basic planted set-up is easy. Buy suitable plants - add plants to tank. The common plants sold do not need special substrates or fertilisers. They just need water and lighting. Many are also the sort that you can cut the tops off, once they have grown, and then plant the tops. They will develop roots and grow a whole new plant - very economical. Hygrophila, rotala etc.
Others, like sprite and Java fern, grow little plantlets off their bigger leaves.
Plants like anubias can be cut up with the pieces re-planted.
Others grow little plants (called pups) from runners sent out from the parent plant.
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Absolver » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:12 pm

So just my pebbles will be a sufficient substrate? How do I clean the tank after adding plants? I mean I use a vacuum tube to suck gunk out of the rocks now, should I not do that?
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Re: Algae bloom

Postby Carylnz » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:54 am

My planted tank just has gravel substrate and I vacuum when I do a water change. Just don't dig deep around the roots as this will disturb the plant.
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