Ahhhhh #$%^&*
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Algae


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
Neatfish
Wannabe Guru
 
Neatfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 1,374
Default

Ahhhhh #$%^&*


Ahhhh foul mouth I think i have algae. On the glass of the tank are brownish green spots. What do I do? I turned on my uv light now.
__________________
Neatfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (426/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,268
Default

What to do: find the balance with lighting, CO2 and fertilizer.

And get an algae scraper.
somewhatshocked is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
pejerrey
Wannabe Guru
 
pejerrey's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oakland, California
Posts: 1,931
Default

Take a look at the advice given in this thread:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=189141

Once more: not enough plants, or not enough co2... somebody will have to do the photosynthesis corresponding to the mount of light you have.

Photo=light, synthesis=use of*

*contextual translation.
__________________

A heavily planted shrimp tank is possible!
pejerrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #4
Neatfish
Wannabe Guru
 
Neatfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 1,374
Default

Alright I'll try 6hrs of light and get a algae scraper. Do I keep my uv light on?
__________________
Neatfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
somewhatshocked
Obsessed? Maybe
 
somewhatshocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (426/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,268
Default

Ultraviolet light is only going to kill what's free-floating. It won't do anything for algae growing on the surface.

Your best bet is to try to understand the balance of light/ferts/CO2.
somewhatshocked is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
AVN
Wannabe Guru
 
AVN's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,083
Default

I agree, learn the balance. It took me a while myself, but when I got it down I've had lush growths and literally no algae problems at all!

It helps to keep a clean up crew on hand.
AVN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 05:08 PM   #7
Neatfish
Wannabe Guru
 
Neatfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 1,374
Default

Thanks. I'll try that out.
__________________
Neatfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
Hidden Walrus
Algae Grower
 
Hidden Walrus's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Hobart, Indiana
Posts: 132
Default

Get a nerite snail, wait one to two weeks. Problem resolved.
Hidden Walrus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #9
Knotyoureality
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,047
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hidden Walrus View Post
Get a nerite snail, wait one to two weeks. Problem resolved.
But not always. Once my nerites were keeping the walls clean, I found myself taking it for granted and creeping my photo-period and fert levels up in response; boing, algae is back.

Gotta' learn the balance.
Knotyoureality is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 10:49 PM   #10
Neatfish
Wannabe Guru
 
Neatfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 1,374
Default

I hate snails no thanks. I'm going to do a big W/C tonight see if that helps a little.
__________________
Neatfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 03:48 AM   #11
AlyeskaGirl
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Alaska
Posts: 89
Default

So it's hard circular algae on the tank walls? Green Spot Algae.

Inadequate Fertilization, or ferts not balanced correctly with lighting and CO2.
Low phosphates.

Yes, water changes are important, no slacking.


Good luck and be patient.
AlyeskaGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 03:53 AM   #12
AVN
Wannabe Guru
 
AVN's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,083
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Neatfish View Post
I hate snails no thanks. I'm going to do a big W/C tonight see if that helps a little.
Algae eaters
AVN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012