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New to freshwater is this algae normal?

So my tank has been up and running for about two and a half weeks now and my tank is starting to get covered in a turquoise/bluegreen slime like algae. Is this normal? Or did I get unlucky and it hitch hiked in with my Java Moss?

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Check this link out...I think it is this type of algae http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/ma...algaeslime.htm
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Cyanobacteria...aka, blue-green algae. It is not normal, nor is it desirable. However, it is relatively easy to remove most times. It occurs it areas that are nitrogen deficient, so increasing dosing levels of nitrate may help. Also, increase water circulation as it tends to develop in areas of stagnant water. You can manually remove it and adjust these parameters and that can often get rid of it if it isn't too bad. However, if that doesn't work, simply use erythromycin meds and that will kill it off pretty effectively.


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Wow what bad luck. I would have to pull out all my Java moss as it is totally engulfed by it. If I used the meds I am sure it would crash the tank since it is not cycled yet.


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I had a hint of cyano on some of my plants not too long ago. I removed them,placed em in a bucket then gave it a 3 day blackout. (covered it with a towel for 3 days) 3 mo later, no algae.
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I would recommend trying some Seachem Flourish Excel... It has done wonders in providing organic carbon and eliminating/preventing algae in my tank. I dose every other day, but just follow the instructions and I'm sure it will help you
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