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    I recently saw a post describing a kind of algae as "Blue Green Algae" that is apparently toxic to fish.

    I've done some research trying to figure out the difference between the regular stuff, and this toxic stuff. I'm not really having much luck. I'm trying to figure out what kind I have in my tank.

    Can anyone explain the difference to me, and how I might be able to easily identify which kind I have?

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    Here is a guide to the different types of algae written by Dave66:

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=24570

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    Here is an excerpt:

    "CYANOBACTERIA

    Blue-green algae isn't algae at all; it's a photosynthetic bacteria. Cyanobacteria is also toxic to most fish and it also consumes Oxygen, meaning a full-blown invasion of Cyanobacteria can suffocate fish.
    It's also a slimy, smelly thing and many people find it disgusting.
    It almost always appears when the tank has either a short photo-period or low lighting.
    The solution is simple, but counter-intuitive.

    Increase your light. The more light you have the less likely you'll run into Cyanobacteria. If you lights are already bright, run them longer. If you have one or two 40-watt tubes, add another and run them 12 hours a day. Cyanobacteria is primitive enough it can't assimilate bright light.

    Bright light and manual removal will beat Cyanobacteria every time. Thankfully, Cyanobacteria doesn't bind tightly with solid surfaces so siphoning usually gets most of it.

    So if you run into Cyanobacteria in your tank, light it up and suck it up. May take some time to beat it totally, but it can be done.

    Interestingly enough, Spirulina, present in many fish and people foods, is also a Cyanobacteria."

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting that, but I did go read that article. I THINK I might have a little bit of both....

    I have little circles of algae on the glass, but then some that is easily removed from the substrate. I also am using 2 40watt bulbs as described in the article.

    Maybe that's why my Oto's aren't eating the stuff.

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    otos wont eat it .. king fisher is right
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    Lol, what is Kingfisher right about? As far as I can tell he just directed me to the article that tells me the difference (which is what I wanted :) ).

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