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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-24-2005, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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I figure it is from keeping my light on too long. I haven't set my timer up yet (but will tonight!) I kept the lights exactly 12 hours today. And during my gaze-fest to make sure all was well, I noticed a tinge of green algae moss growing on my rocks. What to do? It is still a new tank and houses a betta and two white clouds. Should I ditch the white clouds for an oto or something else (suggestions, please, if this is the case.) Also, I mentioned in my journal that my anancharis looks like it is browning on the ends. Any odeas on what is causing that?

I still don't understand the whole lighting thing. I've read and re-read Rex's guide and the FAQs here. I just don't get how to figure it out for a nano. Any help would be appreciated.

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I'm new to the nano thing and relatively new to planted tanks (started my first in February), but here are a few ideas --

I think otos generally prefer the company of other otos and a little more swimming room (I have 5 in my 29 gallon and they can be active little guys!). Other folks may have suggestions for good algae eaters. I know the cherry shrimp in my nano cleared out a lot of brown, green spot, and hair algae very quickly, but your betta might well make short work of them!

Are you using CO2 or dosing with Flourish Excel to provide a carbon source? I know that it's not unusual for a tank that has recently been started and/or recently had its lighting increased to go through a period of algae growth while you get the gertilizers and CO2 (or Excel) dosing figured out. Maybe it's just a matter of tweaking your regimen there?

I'll look forward to reading other people's suggestions, too, since I'm new to this and anticipate that I'll probably need good algae advice for my 2.5 at some point, too! Good luck, and please post what seems to help!
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hey mississippimorning most of the algae i ever had on mt gravel disappeared from decreasing the amount of time that my light was on. i used to have it on for 13 hours but now its just 9-10. and it works great to get rid of the algae.

you have 4wpg in your 2.5g and thats quite a bid. so try and keep the amount of time your lighting is on.

after the lighting has been reduced in time, see if the algae disappear, if it doesnt i would not suggest ottos as they stress easy when they are by themselves and will die easy, for an alternative algae eater try and get a female japonica shrimp, (amano shrimp), they can grow up to 1.5-2" and your bettas will dare not to touch it if its that big.
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