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    In my 55g I seem to keep getting green algae spots on the glass. I have lowered the time that the lights are on (to about 10 hours) and it seemed to help a little. But the problem is that it's really hard to scrape off. Any suggestions on scraping?

    Also, my java ferns seem to keep getting a brown algae on the leaves, but my bushynose seems to eat most of it off.

    What else besides the light duration should I do to minimize it?

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    You could try fertilisation. Green spot for example happens quite often in low phosphate setups.
    As to scraping, use an old credit card.

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    You could try fertilisation. Green spot for example happens quite often in low phosphate setups.
    As to scraping, use an old credit card.

    As suggestions for fertilization to raise phosphates?


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    What other plants do you have besides Java Ferns? What is your water change schedule?

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    As suggestions for fertilization to raise phosphates?
    No, not based on this little information. Bit of history on the tank, a pic maybe. If you live somewhere were the water company published results that would help as well.

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    If the tank has fish there is zero chance you are low on phosphates unless you do over 75% water changes every single day. Having lights on for ten hours is a long time, by the way; eight hours can even cause algae.

    In any case, what are your nitrate levels?

    What size and how often do you change the water?

    What intensity lights do you have?

    These all can help deal with the issue of algae by proper levels/type/control.

    In my experience, most algae problems can be handled by either doing more/larger water changes and/or getting the right balance of ferts; since two of the most common ferts are nitrates and phosphates (produced by fish) these are the two most likely to create excessive algae due to high levels. They do sell kits for phosphate measurements and everyone should have a kit for nitrates. Check these and I would think one or both will be high.
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    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

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