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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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What algae is?

My tanks been running on co2 for 2 months and now it is covered in algae, I'm bot sure if its to much light or the co2.


Can some on tell me what algae it is and how I can get rid of it?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 10:52 AM
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What algae is?

try cutting back the lights for time kept on. it will take some time to show affectiveness.
direct or indirect sunlight will also have a affect.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 11:16 AM
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if its the brown in the photos...looks like diatom outbreak

otos love the stuff and will clean it overtime...till then, probably too much light, not enough CO2

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Diatoms - totally normal.

Manually remove as much as possible (a small siphon hose helps), during a water change, then add about 15 Amano shrimp per 20 gallons and some ocats and it'll clear within 24-48 hours.
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^^but then you have a tank full of fish/shrimp that will starve

aim to have enough that they can clean it out over a week...that way they can sustain themselves and not starve to death

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or aim to target healthy plants and algae will go away on its own
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have got 3 Otos and had a little clean up so Hopefully I have it under control, thanks for the help everyone.
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