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  1. Default General algae question


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    I am just starting to see the beginnings of some green algae forming on driftwood and glass. Is this mainly from too much light or too much food or both?

    Kind of looks hairy. I seem to recall having this once before but don't remember why or how it corrected itself. I am not currently housing any algae eaters.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Is your avatar the pic of your tank? If "yes" it kinda cloudy. You might have a filteration issue.

    How much and often do you feed?

    How long do you keep your lights on?
    Roll the Dice!

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    hehe that pic was right after I rescaped it. it looks like this now -



    I feed twice daily and the lights are set to 8 hours.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    It could be a number of things. Look at this site for more information.

    http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/al...ttackalgae.htm
    25 Gal - Tropical
    Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
    Fish - 8 Blackskirt Tetras, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
    "Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
    Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project

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    Quote Originally Posted by ijankrom
    It could be a number of things. Look at this site for more information.

    http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/al...ttackalgae.htm
    Thanks for the link... that was informative!
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    I'd also add that some algae is pretty much unavoidable. Wherever there is water standing, there is usually algae. Not tremendous amounts of it, but there is some.

    Many FW fish will actually graze on algae and microalgae(we can't see it)...I know that my guppies and rainbows will peck at algae for most of the day. Maybe they're just bored, but I have read that eating it can be beneficial for some fish.

    There is place for everything in an ecosystem, in moderate amounts. Even algae, IMO.
    Beth
    1 - 55 gallon planted community
    3 - 10 to 20 gallon planted betta tanks
    My advice: slow down, think, and be willing to learn. Then you'll be fine, no matter what.

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    Nice looking tank. :)

    And +1 to Beth. Ramsey, meet algae scrubber...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameliaaahx
    Nice looking tank. :)

    And +1 to Beth. Ramsey, meet algae scrubber...

    Thank you!

    I am just finishing up the plants now. I have 3 very nice rhizomes of java fern and a tad of xmas moss on the way; from Kurly on the forums here. The algae will need to compete for nutrients I guess.

    I don't have any algae eaters in the tank right now either. It's not bad by any stretch but I saw a few patched starting.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Fast growing plants like hornwort (spelling?) can out compete algae for nutrients. As your plants grow, there will be less and less left overs for the algae to use.

    I little bit of algae in a tank is natural (IMO) as you will also find that in the natural envirnments that our fish come from. I only worry about algae when I get a lot of it. You are likely going to be just fine once your tank matures and your plants start growing
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    Can hornwort be floated? A floater is one thing I wanted to add at some point. I bought a bunch of anacharis stems but planted those in two locations.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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