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What Algae Is This and How Do I Get Rid of It?

I have a 2.5g nano with that has some algae on the plants I would like to get rid of. I am posting a pic below. I am using LED lighting (due to lower heat) which I have going for about 6 hours. This is a “simple” tank with no added CO2 or anything but I dose with Excel daily (6 or 7 drops). When I started using the Excel about 5 months ago my plants did much better but over time this is the result. Should I use more, less, or something else in addition.

Also, I have figured out I have a snail issue going on. I hadn’t realized it was so bad since I usually only look at my tank in detail when the lights are on. However, a few days ago I took a good look at another time when it was dark and there were lots and lots of the little buggers. As soon as the lights come on they all fade back into the depths.

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Looks like Clado or Spiro, and if that is the case, then the only thing really that can be done is extensive manual removal.


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Looks like clado as stated. Nothing will kill it except removal and lower the lights to slow down the growth. It probably hitched a ride with your marino?sp ball there.


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"LED lighting" could mean very low light or very high light or anything in between. All algae love high light, so reducing the light intensity is almost always a good step if you have an algae problem.

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Looks like clado as stated. Nothing will kill it except removal and lower the lights to slow down the growth. It probably hitched a ride with your marino?sp ball there.
Thanks all. After these tips and some more research I also agree it is clado. Looks like I have to set some time aside for some manual cleaning of my plants

And while it may have came in with the marino, I doubt it since I have had those for several years now and this algae is a new(er) thing.
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Remove it with a toothbrush Shrimp will not touch that algae
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