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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-15-2020, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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algae covering glass - best long term solution?

I have algae covering glass and string algae in myrophilium...
Whats the best way to control it?
I have shrimp and I dont want a pleco. Would a mystery snail deal with the algae for me? do I need to do it manually?
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The best long-term solution is to have a tank with healthy, growing plants. I haven't had to clean my glass in years.

In the meantime, manual control is a simple option. You can use a credit card to scrape the glass, or one of those handy magnetic scrapers. String algae can be twirled around a dowel or a stick, and removed.
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I recently added a new light to a couple of my tanks and am for the first time in years dealing with this again. Adjusting light intensity down can go a long way. I don't find there's really anything that will eat every bit of it off of your glass unless food is quite limited, most snails and algae eating cats just kind of clean where they go. As for string algae, a pipe cleaner will catch it really well to pull it out. When I've dealt with that, it's usually attached pretty firmly to plants though so may take some time.
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do you have lights that are right on the glass?

I agree that setting up healthy plants is the best way to manage algae overall

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I think I have too much light.
I got an aquatlantis elegance aquarium. The light it comes with is so bright I cant even look into the aquarium when it is clean. it's like looking into the sun.
Although I do like the tank and the look.
Should I have less than 8 hours of light with a strong light?
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