12-11-2013, 05:04 AM #1
Green spotted algae and brownish algae
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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12-11-2013, 05:57 AM #2
12-11-2013, 06:04 AM #3
12-11-2013, 02:01 PM #4
What other plants do you have besides Java Ferns? What is your water change schedule?><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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12-11-2013, 02:08 PM #5
12-14-2013, 01:43 PM #6
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.