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Old 07-05-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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Green dust algae = help


Has anyone figured out a sure fire way to get rid of GDA ?
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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Is it only on the glass wall(s) of your tank, Rick ?
And when you wipe it off, it just returns to the glass quite quickly ?
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:48 AM   #3
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Yes , its only on the glass , it wipes off easily , and returns in a couple of days.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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Same problem here since big rescape.
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I tried a few things, including allowing more than 3 weeks of waiting it out, but they didn't work.

Finally I ran a UV sterilizer 24/7 for about a week, and each day I would wipe the dust algae off the glass & into the water column so it could get picked up & zapped by the UV.

Each successive day there was less & less algae returning to the glass, till it finally disappeared completely after several days, never to re-appear.
Worked for me, even though I believe something changed in the balance of things in the tank during that time to hinder & cause the algae to discontinue it's 'onslaught'. LOL
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Easiest way is to buy a bristle nose pleco, several for larger tanks, say 4 or so for a 55 gallon.

Even the worse case tanks I've tried it on, worked like a gem, 2-3 days later, the only algae is GSA on the glass from there on. And not a lot of that.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:34 PM   #7
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Can bn plecos do good in a tank with zero driftwood?
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6 months ago I took out all my driftwood. BN pleco & another pleco doing just fine.
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Easiest way is to buy a bristle nose pleco, several for larger tanks, say 4 or so for a 55 gallon.

Even the worse case tanks I've tried it on, worked like a gem, 2-3 days later, the only algae is GSA on the glass from there on. And not a lot of that.
What happens once they get the algae cleaned up ? What will they feed on then ? Do I cut back on the number of them , to maintain what they have cleaned up ? This is in a 60 gallon planted tank. They wont bother the plants will they ?
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:16 PM   #10
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I also added some bristenose plecos for this and it worked like a dream. I have a 90 gallon and added 5. There is 0 GDA now : )
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:40 AM   #11
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I have been googling bn plecos , and I have found there are different colors and kinds. Is there one in particular , best for the GDA ?
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Old 07-09-2015, 02:56 PM   #12
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I think other than color I don't think there is any difference. The yellow or albino ones just look too weird to me. I prefer the dark colored ones. I have one in a 20 gallon long and the glass, rocks, and wood have been free of algae every since I got it. The only thing it wont eat is hair algae and it will not touch moss or hair grass. They are truly amazing cleaners.

Its too bad your green dust algae is only on the glass. I think it looks amazing on rocks. I just happen to have posted a picture last night of my shrimp tank that has green dust algae. I only have red cherry and ghost shrimp in the tank and will gladly put up with cleaning the glass by hand to keep the lava rock looking the way it does. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=894897
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:04 PM   #13
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I had a couple BNs in a tank with no driftwood. After a couple months they started wrecking my sword plants. Maybe they just didnt have anything else to eat. Anyway I would up re-homing them.
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:12 PM   #14
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I am going not going to get bn plecos. Just doesn't seem right to get a fish solely for algae. Not for me anyways.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:47 PM   #15
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Got 4 bn pleco at petco today on sale for 3 dollars each. They are about 1 1/2 inches long.
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