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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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6g Aquastyle

Ok so I got a 6 gallon aquastyle from a pawn shop for 5 dollars (they had no clue what they had), everything was there except for the glass lid (had the local glass store make me a lid for 5 bucks). Decided to set it up as a planted tank, but I need some help. I seem to have an algae problem..

What I have:
Aquastyle 24
Ecocomplete
Filter that comes with it (added alittle carbon to the cartridge)
light that comes with it (set for 10 hours but think that may be problem )
heater the stays at 74 degrees
mopani driftwood
two rocks
crypt parva
anubias Nana
hygro
Amazon sword
Pygmy chain
java fern
6 assorted Shrimp (lfs had them on sale for .50 each, think they are all different colored cherrys)
1 gold and blue crown tail Betta male

Also the tannins keep leeching out like crazy from the mopani, I boiled it after I bought it for about 5 hours a day for 3 days and I have been doing 50% water changes every week, sometimes twice a week.
Water tests shows
0 nitrate
0 nitrite
25 ppm hardness
300 ppm alkalinity
8.4 ph
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Wow, what a steal.

Anywho, What type of algae do you have? Knowing what type of algae you have can help pinpoint what the problem is.

Here are some broad general options/tips that may help.

1) Raising the lights a couple inches to lower the light intensity.

2) Adding floating plants to help shade and reduce nutrients in the tank. Plants like Duckweed, Amazon frogbit, Water sprite, etc

3) Adding CO2, Flourish excel, etc

4)Adding more plants. Just jampacking and heavily planting.

5) Reducing your photoperiod.
10 hours is a bit too long, Some may disagree but anywhere from 6-8 hours a day will be sufficient.

Comment on the Algae type and I'm sure somebody here will give you a better, more detailed solution.

Best of luck!

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Ok I believe it is brown algae, (is there different types that are brown in color?)
I think it hitchhiked on some plants I got from lfs and has been spreading. I washed the plants off before I put them in, but I don't guess I got it all.

I can't raise the light higher, the bar is as high as it will go

I lowered the light period to 8 hours to see if that will help.

I will look into planting thicker, don't really like the look of surface plants...

Would excel help? Or something like an oto? Tank too small for oto?
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Well, if it's brown algae, that's completely normal with tanks that are younger than 6 months.

Brown algae isn't really algae, they're these tiny organisms called diatoms . So with that being said, most of the tips I gave you will have little effect on them.


Your best bet in getting rid of it will be :

1) scrubbing it out yourself.
(Mag floaters, algae scrubbers)



2)buying helpers
For a 6 gallon, I would recommend a nerite snail or amano shrimp. The thing with shrimp is that they will eat it off rocks and plants, but rarely off the glass.
6 gallons might be too small for an Oto, but it might also be fine depending on your bio load. (Otos love diatoms btw)



3) waiting it out.

Brown algae eventually goes away on it's own once the tank begins to mature.

My 20 gallon is around 8 months old and I'm barely seeing the brown algae go away little by little, meanwhile my cousins tank went away in around 3 months. So it will depend on your system.

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Ok thanks for all your help. Things seem to be getting better. Reduced the light period to 8 hours with a siesta in the middle of the day (mainly so the light will be on before I leave for work, and when I get home). Manually clean off the brown algae with the twice weekly 20%-40% water changes. Haven't found any helpers to put in the tank yet. The lfs was sold out of otos, and snails, and I found out that my betta likes the taste of shrimp...even adults, so I don't want to try Amano shrimo.
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