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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-13-2005, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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algae taking over nano tank

im starting to get a bit frustrated.... my nano tank is getting run over by algae... im doing everything i can but still i cant kill off the algae !!

right now im using common pond snails and small mountain shrimps to fight the algae...

dosing EI right now with KN03,fleet enema and trace.....

c02 via a small bottle !! what am i missing ?!!?!?!

o ya lighting is 23 watts over 2 gallons......

i might go to the chemical store 2 days from now.. what other powder form chemicals should i look for ?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 10:06 PM
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That's a LOT of light and co2 over a tiny tank! I never use co2 on my nanos and seldom more than 2 watts/ gal [not by 'doctrine' but by circumstance]--usually they sit by a window for their light; have never had the least amount of algae in them. They get @ 10-12 hours of light.

Hope that helps--you really don't need chems.


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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 12:13 AM
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I have a plocostomus (sucker fish/algea eater) in my tank and i have no problems, just get a really small one and it will stay small in a small tank
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a pleco doesnt stay small at all. He will grow no matter what. Oto's will stay small and eat algae good like
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What kind of algae is it? It's very difficult to determine what you need to do without figuring out what type of algae is growing. Different algaes grow for different reasons. Any info on your water parameters would be useful as well.
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Not to mention, it's not nice to stunt a fish. They live too-short, miserable lives in too-small tanks, never as healthy or happy as they are meant to be. If you must, get a couple of otos for a small tank, but plant to supplement their diet with sinking algae wafers because a nano won't produce enough to keep them going.

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Just balance out the light and chems and stick with the shrimp and snails for a while...

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2005, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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yeah i would never place a pleco inside a 2 gal

anyway the algae forming are brush and hair algae i believe im trying out EI on a small tank because maybe it just might work and balance the nano tank and i wanted a really thick jungle like nano tank......... the glosso is still growing mad! along with the algae !!
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