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Old 04-16-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Need Help With Algae


I need some help with some algae issues I am having. I don't have too much experience with algae so if somebody could help me identify what this is and how to kill it I would appreciate it.

I do not dose, I do not have many real plants (the turtle eats them all) and my lights are on 12 hours a day for the turtle to bask in the heat. As you can see in the photos its just making a weird blue film on top of my substrate and driftwood. It is also enveloping my fire moss.









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Old 04-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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what kind of light? how high off the tank 12 hours seems like a long time. I have no experience with turtles so I cant recommend dosing anything as I have no idea how they would react.
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I have kind of a weird set up. On one side is a 100w mercury vapor bulb for basking. Its sitting about 16-18" inches above the water. One the other side is a 24" cover with an 18w t8.
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Are you doing weekly water changes?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:19 AM   #5
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Yes, I change out about 10 gallons every week. about 10-15%
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:36 AM   #6
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Looks like blue green algae (BGA). It's actually a bacteria. I had this in a planted tank - used a 3 day blackout, and spot treatments with hydrogen peroxide when a few specs showed up later (unplugged filter for 5 min to let water movement settle, plus no fish yet).

Good info on treatment here... BGA section:
http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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Grab some air line tubing and siphon out as much as you can. Good luck!
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