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First Planted Tank - 10 gallon

Hey folks. I have just set up my first planed tank. I have a 10 gallon that I was keeping a betta in for about 4 years. He died a few weeks ago, so I decided to change things up.

I bought some Fluval Stratum for Shrimp because it was on clearance 50% off. I have placed that in the tank instead of the old gravel. I still have the silk plants that were in there before, as well as the rocks. Using the same filter. I went to pick up a new betta and decided to start my planted tank with something simple, and was recommended hornwart since it is simple, easy, and fast growing.

I was fine with the way it looks for now, but after 24 hours I noticed that there was hair-like algae growing on it. Then after 48 hours I think small bits of it are floating around in the tank.

Is this something I need to be concerned about!? Will this settle down soon?
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How long do you leave your lights on? What kind of lights do you have?
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what a pretty betta! It looks like blue green algae to me, which is actually a bacteria. google blue green algae for treatment
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How long do you leave your lights on? What kind of lights do you have?
I not had the lights on very much; maybe 3-4 hours the last few days. I just set up my timer so I was planning on 4 hours twice a day. I remember reading that doing the light in two portions was better to combat algae but the plants didn't mind.

As far as lights go, I have two CFLs in there right now. They are 14 watts each, and 5000k. I know not the best, but I was hoping for low light.
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what a pretty betta! It looks like blue green algae to me, which is actually a bacteria. google blue green algae for treatment
Thanks! I'm excited to have my first fancy betta. Decided to go with this Half Moon.

I don't know, but you might be right. From my quick search I see that erythromycin is an effective treatment. I'll need to look into it more, but I might be trying to get my hands on that soon!
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also adding more circulation is a way to help against blue green, that and more oxygen (air bubbler) can keep it at bay.

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Spot treat with hydrogen peroxide, maybe 10 ml at a time. To much can kill ur tank.vremove what u can and vacuume / siphon while u remove. Get out before it gets bad. And research for why u may have gotten it and fix underlying issue

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Bga can become resistant to erythromisen, ide spot treat first and fix cause before using antibiotics

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So I can try to look into treating with erythromycin if this is a good way to go. I'm not too concerned about creating a resistant strain. More cases I have read say that it has been quite successful

Should I just take this new fish out of this tank until it is under control? I don't have another place ready for him, but I can try to keep him comfortable somewhere else until the blue green algae is under control. I know that the erythromycin itself shouldn't be harmful to him, but I thought I would ask.

Also, the tank is in my basement, and gets no sunlight. Should I keep the lights off until this is resolved? I believe the problem was introduced with the hornwart I bought from the LFS. I feel bad that this problem came up when I just redid the tank for this little guy. I really hope it doesn't get out of control.
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I say just treat as directed and remove as much as possible when it turns brown. I wouldn't worry about keeping lights off or stressing ur fish since u have the erythro.

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