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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 22:17

Hi All

Anybody have any suggestions as to why after just a few days of cleaning it, my tanks starts getting green algae on the glass and brown algae on the plants and ornaments?

I am forever cleaning it. I have even started leaving the lghts off till mid afternoon, but it hasn't helped.

Thanks for any help/ideas you may have Smile



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Post by k3vinjam3s on 10/8/2012, 22:26

How many hours a day are the lights on? how high are the nitrates? And how often do you carry out water changes?
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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 22:43


Hi

Lights are on about 7-8 hours a day, nitrates are 5 water changes are done weekly 10-15%

I do have a couple of small BN in there but being so small they tend to stay behind the filter away from the parrots I think.
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Post by Siamese fighter on 10/8/2012, 22:56

It might be worth doing a slightly bigger water change
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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 23:12

I'm going to do another one tomorrow so I will change more, but I have tried that before and it made no difference Mad
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Post by Siamese fighter on 10/8/2012, 23:14

you can get a bottle of green water control or anti hair algea you could always try that
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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 23:17

The water isn't green its clear as anything, just the glass, and when I scrub it off its just like a powder not hair....does that mean anything?
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Post by Siamese fighter on 10/8/2012, 23:19

Is the tank close to a window?
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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 23:26

No, we do get sun through the window but its in a corner where the sun doesn't catch it either Neutral
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Post by Siamese fighter on 10/8/2012, 23:27

weird sorry can't help but I am sure someone will have some good ideas for you.
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Post by sapsgal on 10/8/2012, 23:35

Thanks anyway, will check back in the morning Smile
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 11/8/2012, 06:12

Id up the water changes to around 40-50% for a couple of months and that should help. Some algae is stubborn though and needs to be fully erradicated or it will persist. Try scrubbing your glass clean and removing afftected bogwood/stones/ornaments and soakingin boiling water. If its on plants just try to remove the effected leaves/plants.

Also try limiting the lights to about 5 ours a day or less if you can, although the tank doesn't get direct sunlight the lights will still only benefit the algae growth. Let us know how you get on.
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Re: Green & Brown Algae

Post by sapsgal on 11/8/2012, 19:21

Too much happening today, never got the water change done, but will take more out, leave lights on for less and let you know how it goes.

Thanks folks! Smile
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Re: Green & Brown Algae

Post by sapsgal on 14/8/2012, 22:02

OK hopefully I have photobucket sorted now.
I done a large water change today and here is the tank as if now.
Lets see how it is after a few days.

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Re: Green & Brown Algae

Post by Ian on 14/8/2012, 22:33

looks nice

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