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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Algae ID in my 10g

Only a few plants right now. Dose flourish once a week. One betta in tank. Keep my aquaeon 30" fixture on for about 6-8 hours a day. Water change 50% once a week.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 12:06 AM
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That doesn't look so much like algae, but more like general detritus from operating an aquarium. I would gravel vac all that stuff up and try and be more efficient on your water changes. Not that you need to do them more often, but rather you need to vacuum the surrounding areas better when you do the water change. I could be wrong tho...
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 12:59 PM
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also, that could be an indication there isn't much circulation in that tank if your average detritus can settle on plant leaves like that. I would bump up the tank circultation, maybe add a small powerhead in the tank just for a little more movement. What kind of filter are you running?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 12:21 AM
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I agree, definitely gotta move some water around in there. It's not even in the pockets its sitting in the open. Personally I feel hob filters just don't work a the sole filter in a planted tank. Especially when there is rock, wood or hills in the hardscape. I bet you could find a small canister on craigslist for cheap a 105 would get the water moving quite well in a 10. But then again canisters in that size range can be bought new for less than 75 bucks. If it were my tank is go for a filter upgrade to a canister before putting a powerhead in keeps the equipment outside the tank and will provide better circulation and filtration at the same time.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 12:22 AM
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Btw like the color blend of your hardscape and substrate.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 03:11 AM
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I agree with the above posts that its debris. Just suck it up on your next w/c and also seems like a lack of circulation in the tank.

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