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Old 11-12-2011, 03:31 AM   #1
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how do i get rid of it?


ok i have this green algae. its pretty soft and comes of easy,but it ALWAYS comes back. would ottos be good or would red cherry shrimp eat it? i dont even know why its growing. i have 2 10 watt flourescent CFL's and im dosing liquid Co2 and macros and micros. it will eventually be a dirt tank. plz help me get rid of this gross stuff. oh and the tank is heavily planted.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:07 AM   #2
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Show us a photo. Sounds to me that its likey blue-green algae, which almost nothing will eat. But it can be killed off easily with an antibiotic.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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...before adding more chemicals, we choose to increase water change frequency: by keeping the water in an ideal 20-60 ppm CO2 while changing at least 50% of the water volume every 5 days; this, and the offspring of 3 cherry red shrimp, corrected our algae issues in about 6 weeks; we have had it all too, Black Beard, blue green, spiro gyra, and others too. In a heavily planted tank as you claim, you deserve some cherry red shrimp!

Currently, we are dollowing Tom Barr's EI methodology.

FYI, ottocinclus catfish eat BG algae; however, I tried a small school (5) in our ten gallon; in 1 year, there was only 1 survivor. It maybe cruelty keeping ottocinclus in any sort of captivity; I don't know, maybe somebody who knows will chime in and inform?
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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i think you can see it in this picture is brown and green
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:16 PM   #5
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I wouldn't call that heavily planted. Actually I'd call it lightly planted. What are you using for your liquid co2?
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:51 AM   #6
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...before adding more chemicals, we choose to increase water change frequency: by keeping the water in an ideal 20-60 ppm CO2 while changing at least 50% of the water volume every 5 days; this, and the offspring of 3 cherry red shrimp, corrected our algae issues in about 6 weeks; we have had it all too, Black Beard, blue green, spiro gyra, and others too. In a heavily planted tank as you claim, you deserve some cherry red shrimp!

Currently, we are dollowing Tom Barr's EI methodology.

FYI, ottocinclus catfish eat BG algae; however, I tried a small school (5) in our ten gallon; in 1 year, there was only 1 survivor. It maybe cruelty keeping ottocinclus in any sort of captivity; I don't know, maybe somebody who knows will chime in and inform?
5 Otos in a 10 gallon is a loooooot... best to try keep it to 1 oto per 10g, 2 if your tank has a lot of oto friendly algae. Personally I've never heard of them eating BGA but maybe I'm wrong, so unless you're growing something else constantly in your tank they probably slowly starved
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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I wouldn't call that heavily planted. Actually I'd call it lightly planted. What are you using for your liquid co2?
i have alot of pygmy chain sword you cant see and the rotala r has grown and been trimmed since this pic. im dosing API Co2 booster.
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5 Otos in a 10 gallon is a loooooot... best to try keep it to 1 oto per 10g, 2 if your tank has a lot of oto friendly algae. Personally I've never heard of them eating BGA but maybe I'm wrong, so unless you're growing something else constantly in your tank they probably slowly starved
ottos are schooling fish and id never keep less than 3. they can also be feed zucchini, but if i were to get something to ea the algae it'd e nerite snails or amano shrimp.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:47 AM   #8
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should i just do 2 nerites?
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should i just do 2 nerites?
...maybe more than that. We kept 5 when we had only a ten gallon, and they seemed to keep the glass clean.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:00 PM   #10
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ive been told to do only one per 5 gallons, ill also have RCS in the tank and a trapdoor snail so they should help. plus im going to upgrade lights, and make it a walstad tank so all of this should make the algae go away since the plants will be out competing it. i might also add DIY Co2
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:05 PM   #11
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This would be heavily planted, or past that and more like a jungle...

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Old 11-13-2011, 05:14 PM   #12
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This would be heavily planted, or past that and more like a jungle...
^lol thats called me losing my fish, and getting lost in how to clean up the tank for maintaince.. :O


awesome tank btw.
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