Thread: General algae question
11-16-2012, 06:27 PM #1
General algae question
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.
11-16-2012, 06:54 PM #2
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!
11-16-2012, 07:39 PM #3
11-16-2012, 08:42 PM #4
It could be a number of things. Look at this site for more information.
http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/al...ttackalgae.htm25 Gal - Tropical
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11-16-2012, 09:19 PM #5
11-16-2012, 09:53 PM #6
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.
11-16-2012, 09:54 PM #7
Nice looking tank. :)
And +1 to Beth. Ramsey, meet algae scrubber...120g New World Cichlids ♦ 65g South-East Asian Planted Community ♦ 30g in-the-works ♦ 15g Tanganyikan Shell-Dwellers
11-17-2012, 11:32 AM #8
0Originally Posted by ameliaaahx
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.
11-17-2012, 11:53 AM #9
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 growingIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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11-17-2012, 02:00 PM #10
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.