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    Okay my mom has a small tank, its somewhere just under or exactly 10gals i think...

    anyways its got this crazy funky algae thing going on. Her shrimp love it, but idk what it is. Hoping to get an ID. and advice.

    I tested her water: here are the results...

    pH- 7.o
    GH - 16
    KH - 3
    NH3 - 0
    No2 - 0
    No3 - 20

    she has a couple tetra and a couple shrimp, live plants, fake decorations, and the original little LED bulbs. the tank gets no direct sunlight, is rather warm, her thermometer was not working but i would eyeball it at probably mid 80s.

    Heres the pics she sent me of the muck. It was previously growing over the glass as well, but since adding the shrimp it seems to be confined mainly to the substrate, which is just fish rocks. Is it a problem? Is it ignorable. She doesn't want to black out the tank, and the waters #s look good. So IDK what to tell her??? Any input ??

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    Has the tank been set up recently? Could just be brown diatoms, which will disappear after several weeks if that's what it is. It can wreak havoc on live plants, though, if they become covered. Otos may help the shrimp clean it up somewhat. Usually it can be easily wiped off of surfaces, but it is a pain. I went through this with my last tank, although it didn't really look as bad as this. If not diatoms, I'm puzzled.

    Also, mid-80's is too warm for shrimp. They do better at low-mid-70's.

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    Looks like cynobacteria. Google and verify.


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    this tank is established. It has probably been up for over 4 years
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    it might be the cyenobacteria but i'm not certain. It sure looks like its in the same "type" of algae... if it is in fact an algae. So... whats the deal with it?? IS it bad for the tank?
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    Cyno is an algae to take serious. If heavy enough it can create o2 issues and obviously kill plants. It also can be very aggresive and a challenge to eradicate. Manual removal and thorough cleaning, hydrogen peroxide, and management of orgaics/photo period are essential.


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    Definitely cyanobacteria. It crops up wherever poor water conditions exist, and may be even more common in old tanks than new ones. It's not really an alga, but instead is a mat-forming bacterium with photosynthetic abilities. Under certain circumstances, cyanobacteria can release toxins that harm or kill animals.

    Getting those nitrates under control would be the first step. spot treatment with hydrogen peroxide and seachem excel both kill the bacteria, but this must be combined with a long term treatment like water quality amelioration, or else it will just rebound.

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