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sajacobs
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Help with a potential tank mate
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:01:47 PM »

Hello everyone

First of all...thank you all for your help.  I finally got my 50 gallon set up and running.

Here's a bit of an update....I had Bertie with 3 small applesnails in a 16 gallon.  I bought the 50 gallon set up and in the meantime I stopped at petco.  They had gotten a delivery in and I saw a goldfish I couldn't pass up.  A black and orange telescopic. So home It went and into the 16 gallon he was added.

At this point I got the 50 gallon set with water and started cycling.  I was lucky...only 2 weeks for a fish less cycle.  In the meantime I was doing daily water changes on the 16 gallon....nitrates keep shooting up.  Truthfully I don't know how people keep goldfish in tiny tanks.  Way too much work.

So I successful moved my fish crew and everyone is wonderful. Bertie is big - about 4 inches long and very round. Fray is about 3.5 inches and growing.  I saw a big difference in them once they got into the long tank. 

I've planted the tank. Nothing fancy. Swords. Crypts. Java fern. Loving it all very much.

So here's the problem. There was only one place to put the tank in my living....across from a window that gets dirrect sun light into the tank.  I've been having a problem with green fuzzy algae.  I've been thinking of adding something to eat it but not sure about stocking size or what would work with my goldies. Any suggestions?

Btw. I found the cure for multiple tank syndrome. Changing 25 gallons of water every week.  Wink
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 02:26:48 AM »

Hey Sajacobs! Great to see you back  Grin

May I ask what colour are your curtains?
Lucky's tank is in the bay window here, but because my curtains are white, I can shut them and still have light in the room Smiley
I get a fair bit of algae, but one side of the tank I let it do what it wants as Lucky nibbles at it and I clean it off everywhere else with an old plastic card -using this means the glass doesn't get scratched.

You could consider just closing the curtains a little bit on very bright days, or just clean it off once a week during your normal water maintenance.

You could always consider snails I suppose, Nerites can be very good (if your tank is suitable for them), but the issue with buying creatures that eat algae, is what you do, once they've eaten it all! They'd have nothing left to eat, unless you grew it on rocks yourself or something like that.
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 03:39:40 AM »

You might consider adding a bristlenose plec
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2012, 07:01:23 PM »

It's a bit of a story but I do try closing the curtains when I'm home. Other days when I'm at work the tank gets the light.  This fuzzy green algae is growing on my plants leaves. It's ugly.  Everyday I brush it off the leaves...the next day it's back. My fishy crew dont seem interested in keeping under control.  So this was why I thought about another creature for the tank.

So I'll look into bristlenose.  Anything special about this creature?  I believe it will have a continuous supply of algae - seems to grow pretty fast.
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 06:33:52 AM »

I would also vote for bristlenoses, they've kept my tank clean for over a year now Smiley
Nothing special about them except that they breed very readily, mine have had babies twice already! You don't need to worry too much either if there's any excess flakes or something that the goldfish can't find, these will be happy to clean it up and they do need some different kinds of food than just algae as well.
Driftwood is important when having bristlenoses, they like to rasp their teeth on it. I have both Mopani and bogwood in my tank and both are fine to have, I prefer the Mopani because it's easier to prepare (ie. doesn't make the water yellow if you haven't soaked it enough before-hand) and it has a more gnarly and rounded set of shapes to it that are safer for the goldfish compared to the sharp edges of bogwood.
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 08:45:51 AM »

Great. Thanks so much.  I guess I'll be getting a bristlenose.  Cheesy
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 04:48:38 PM »

If there ever did come a time, of there being less algae, you can always get algae wafers  Smiley
I believe they also like veg as well? I've heard of people feeding them courgettes? Maybe one of the others here can confirm that!

I love bristlenoses, my Dad used to have two of them, when Lucky's tank was a tropical set up  Cheesy But I think they do okay in cooler temperatures, do you have a heater for your tank? It might be useful in winter months for them.
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012, 10:54:55 PM »

I do have a heater. Its set at 72.  Before I make the next step to a Bristlenose.

Im wondering if I can pick at your guys fish knowledge.  This green fuzzy algae has me a bit worried.  It's like velvet. Fuzzy and bright green. It comes off easly with my finger nail.  In the beginning stages it's like dust, but if I don't clean it...it gets fuzzy. I wooried it's the dreaded BBA. I can't find a right identification for what's growing in my tank. 

Sigh....first cycling...now algae. Lips sealed

Any thoughts?
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2012, 06:11:43 AM »

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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2012, 09:01:07 AM »

Great link Scrivens!
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2012, 08:51:45 PM »

Thanks Scrivens.....I do believe it's fuzzy algae.  It looks like the picture, except not as long.  Much shorter fibers.  But it covers the whole leave and it's fairly easy to remove. 

I've cut down on my lighting hours - 4 on 4 off 4 on 4 off - controlled by a timer. I increased my internal water circulation with a pond pump.  I started dosing every other day with CO2 booster and increased ferts (these two steps cut back on the amount of algae overall). 

I have no problems with algae and cleaning...it's my plants.  The leaves are fragile and rip after being rubbed.

Any suggestions? Bristlenose the best way to control it?  UV light?  What's the wisdom of the pros?
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2012, 09:51:34 PM »

I'm back.....
I took some pictures of the plants.  I don't know....I think sometimes it's BBA.  Check it out.

The green fuzz is more consistent across the leaves.  The pictures are after rubbing the leaves.  I scrapped part of the banana plant.

Sigh...I think I know what you are going to tell me....I've got the dreaded algae.
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2012, 07:47:02 AM »

You could try using Tetra Easy Balance, although primarily an ion-exchange resin which renders nitrates "safe", it also reduces phosphates meaning a reduction in algae growth.

I'd try bristlenoses and see how you get on Cheesy
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Re: Help with a potential tank mate
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2012, 02:59:27 PM »

Ok...twist my arm....a Bristlenose it is.  The more research I do on them...the more I want to get one.  Thanks for the idea on tetra product.  I'm going to get that too.  I can remember the members of this board took pics of their supples.  I thought you guys were nuts.  All the bottles and products.  Well I've joined the group.  Its amazing how fast this stuff starts to collect.
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