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algae on anubias and amazon sword

How do you get rid of algae on leaves? I can rub the algae off the leaves, but it just keeps coming back. I have had this tank running for about ten months now. Pretty much from the beginning algae grew on the anubias, and about two months ago it spread to the amazon sword. I just recently replaced the old light with a 20" fluorescent light strip, since that, both of the anubias and the amazon sword put out new leaves. I also tossed in a gob of java moss about a week ago (the betta loves the stuff).





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Adding more plants should help.
But I have never had much luck keeping that stuff off of my anubias. They grow to slow that is why I don't like them. I just cut off the leaves that get so bad I can't stand it anymore.

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I had the same issue. I got 2 little sucker fish that cleaned off my leafs
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I tried an oto a few months ago, the betta attacked him, so i took out the oto. The some thing happened when i tried a couple of snails.
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I has this same problem with brown algea growing on all my anubias and java fern in my small Paludarium. I put in 6 ottos and a few Amano Shrimp and they cleaned everything up pretty good. The ottos eventually disappeared one by one. Apparently the day gecko in my Paludarium decided to take on Fishing as a hobby, lol.
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Never had any luck keeping shrimp or otto's alive. Would love to keep a few of those otto's they are so darn cute.

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I currently cannot get a co2 system to help fight the algae, is there anything a can add to the water to help kill the algae that wont bother the betta or the plants?
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Elbow grease. lol Sorry but that is all I know of that well not kill other stuff. Oh and more plants to suck up some of the nutrients algae would use. Something fast growing.

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how easy does it come off?
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It comes off pretty easy on the anubias, but it is tough to get it off the amazon sword's leaves. I usually just rub it off the anubias and then trim the algae infested leaves off the amazon sword.
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have u tried to cut down your photo period?

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my photo period is 10.5 hours, i didn't think that was too much with my low lighting, is it?
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I'm going to shorten the photoperiod to 9 hours and see what happens.
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