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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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How to black out?

Please excuse the newbie question. I have some black/dark greenish algae in the tank. Its not bushy, its not hairy, its not slimy. I done a few tries where I haven't turned the tank light on for days, but its still had room light. So now I want to try a "black out". Do I just put a blanket over the tank? Will that bother my betta or shrimp? I put a couple layers of painters tape over the bottom where the algae is growing in the substrate to hopefully help that too.

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Algae in the substrate against the glass


Algae on the leaves and the filter

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 04:55 PM
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Throw a thick blanket over it for three days. How much light do you have and for how long? A blackout will only temporary fix the problem.

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I didn't have any blankets, but just wrapped it in tinfoil. I feel bad for my fish and the shrimp, it has to be black dark in there!

Usually we turn the tank light on before school (8:30ish) and then at bedtime (9-10ish) so its probably getting too much light. We have a timer I can attach, what is a good light span? The bulbs aren't anything fancy, just aquarium bulbs (I'll see if I can find the specs to be more specific).
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Black out must be complete coverage.
recently active thread on doing one right here.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...-redone-3.html


Outlining how 2 black out is page three and the results
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ottos will clean that up for you
and the algae on the glas, you can clean of with a magfloat or a little sponge.

I use black garbage bags to black out + overdose excel.

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Though there are many ways to black out, a popular one at the moment is Four Loko. As I don't think it would be good for the fish, I'll second the suggestion of black garbage bags.

Just note that this is more of a band-aid then it is a fix. If you do the blackout without getting to the root cause, the algae will likely come back.
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garbage bags are second best only to a dark heavy blanket if you have them of course.
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Don't forget to do aggressive water changes and clean the filter media afterwards to remove the dead algae. Good luck!
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