My 6.6gal betta tank was doing great there for awhile but has recently exploded with brown algae. It's been set up for a month or so now? So it's fairly new tank I suppose. I also have this really weird, brown, slimey stringly algae that is attaching itself to the tips of my plants. (Kicking myself for not grabbing some pics before I pulled most of it out)
I did some research and am going to try changing a few things and see if that helps but I wanted to make sure I was taking the right steps...
- Decrease light cycle from 12hrs to 8hrs (or will that even make a difference? I have a 15w 6500K bulb.)
- Stop using liquid fertilizer (I also have root tabs, which I will leave in)
- More water changes (50%, twice a week)
The tank is filtered and kept at 82 degrees. The plants I have are: anacharis, dwarf HG, baby tears, some crypts. I don't use Excel or have any CO2. (I'm not interested in getting a CO2 setup, but I could get some Excel if it would help?)
I plucked out as much of the stringy stuff as I could without disturbing the plants (it's really wrapped itself around some of them), and am going to get something to scrub the brown algae off the glass today after work.
I have a nerite snail but he pretty much fails at life... barely moves and definitely doesn't help with the algae problem. Should I get another one? Or is there a better type of snail for this? I can't really make any permanent fish additions to the tank because of it's size and the fact that I have a betta. I'm hesitant to add any shrimp (also because of the betta), but I don't think they really eat much algae anyways?