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GoldFishNoob
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Is this algae?
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:13:07 PM »

Recently I noticed there's a little bit of brown-green, possible algae on the plastic hiding pots in my tank. I've never seen this before in the few months I've had my tank and after reading around, am still confused on wether this warrants a cleaning as I heard it's not bad to leave it there, but just not to let it overgrow. It's no where else in the tank and my cleaning schedule has remained unchanged.

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Dragonii
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 03:14:16 PM »

Looks like algae. It won't hurt anything.
It's usually a sign of high nitrates/too much light, but it's a natural thing. That's not what we call "a lot" of algae.

This is a lot of algae...
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You'll be ok.
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 04:04:59 PM »

I scrub the front of my ornaments with a (never used) toothbrush if it becomes unsightly.
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GoldFishNoob
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 04:41:14 PM »

Good idea to use a tooth brush. Good thing I have spares.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 04:43:52 AM »

I've got an old toothbrush exclusively for the tank Wink Very useful to get into the small parts in the filter as well Smiley The algae still look more green than brown, so no harmful things there Cheesy
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GoldFishNoob
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 06:42:47 PM »

Yeah I think my tank is getting too much sun/light in front of my window. I don't have anywhere else to put it realyl though....kinda would like to keep it in my room. What if I get one of those colorful backgrounds like they have at PetCo to put on the back of my tank, will that help to block out some of the sun/light?
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 07:13:22 PM »

I bet that would help a bit. Also turning the tank light off earlier in the evening might help.
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GoldFishNoob
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 08:47:03 PM »

I don't have a tank light. When I get up in the morning I open my window, then as the sun goes down I shut my window and turn my lamp on which is right next to the tank.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 04:58:13 AM »

GoldFishNoob, what colour are your curtains?

In here, I have white curtains, with my bedroom being on the ground floor/street level I have them shut pretty much 24/7, but I find that with them being white, it lets plenty of sun light in to the room Smiley
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GoldFishNoob
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 01:27:26 PM »

No curtains lol. We have vertical blinds.
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Skwishee
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 04:41:23 AM »

Ah fair enough! I don't think algae causes too much problems, I remember my Dads tank, when it was set up as the tropical back home, used to get a lot of sunlight and algae. The fish never seemed to mind it and the ancistrus catfish used to love gobbling it up  Grin
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2012, 05:51:44 AM »

ha, I have a plant tank outside that was looking llike the picture Dragonii uploaded, so I found some of those little black bladder snails in my outdoor pond, put half a dozen of them in the aquarium and they cleaned it all up in three weeks, gravel, glass and all the decaying plant matter, now its sparkling... industrious little fella's, they sure eat a lot.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012, 04:53:28 PM »

The algae seems to be going everywhere now. It's even growing in my filter. How do you guys feel about snails in your tank, can I buy small fresh water snails and would you advise that for my tank? Or should I just not bother and just clean it.
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Skwishee
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 05:59:27 PM »

Well I have joined the algae adventure! Some has grown recently in my tank Smiley

I find Lucky eats a lot of it, so I've left the biggest patch of algae for her, as the sun hits one side of the tank more so than the other, the algae sort of congregate's there.

With regards to snails.... I know some members here have apple snails, so that could be an option for you? I believe because they lay their eggs above the water line, it's easier to keep their population under control. But I'm not sure on their actual requirements, if you'd have enough space stocking wise in the tank as they can grow quite big, so you'd have to look into that.

As you know I have bladder snails, but I keep them out of the main tank, they breed like crazy and lay their eggs absolutely everywhere!

I just clean the algae off when ever I'm doing a water change on the tank and it doesn't seem to be too bad, but I think you have more sunlight than I do.... What about putting up a piece of card or something, behind the tank (the window was behind it right?) that way you could stop the direct sunlight reaching the tank? You could even cover just half the tank, so one side will have more algae than the other.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2012, 08:13:04 PM »

Yeah my tank gets alot of light/sun cause it's near the window cause I don't like it when they're in the dark all the time cause all they seem to do is float around and "sleep". I clean the algae off when I do my gravel cleanings. Scrub the bottom, the sides and the decor. Suppose I could try to cut back on the amount of sun/light they get...I have noticed that the side that gets the most sun/light is the side that gets all the algae. I mean it's not as bad as the picture Dragonii posted, but it's still pretty unsightly and I just worry it could be bad for the water quality. I heard algae is a sign of a healthy tank, is that true?
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Skwishee
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2012, 08:45:35 AM »

I'm not sure about algae being a sign of a healthy tank, I have heard it being said, but I'm not sure about the truth behind it.
I don't think green algae will affect the water quality negatively, at least I've not heard of green algae being a problem in that way.
I've not been too worried about the algae in my tank, I leave a patch of it on one side of the tank, where most of it grows and I've just been sat watching Lucky nibble at this patch for the past hour, so it must taste good Grin
Plus it's a source of free food Cheesy

Just looking on google, I found this article about the different types of algae; (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)  Smiley
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2012, 08:39:07 AM »

Hi GoldFishKnob,
I too have the same problem but mine are brownish and this is what I've read about them:

Brown diatom algae in the aquarium:
 
Every aquarium experiences a bloom of brown diatom algae at one time or an other. In most case, this is likely to happen at the end of the cycling phase or just after and may disappear as quickly as it arrived when the conditions stabilize after a couple of months.
Brown diatom algae control
 

Water changes
A good maintenance routine and regular water changes will help lot. In established tank, if a brown algae bloom is followed by cyanobacteria, your problem is clearly due to dissolved organics compound in the water. If you maintain good water quality, in time (weeks to a few months) the diatoms are likely to die back or even disappear.
 
Manual removal
Brown diatom algae donít have any firm attachment to the surface on which they are found so they clean off easily. A good way to control their growth is to remove as mush as you can during water changes. So do that, wipe them off.

Time is your ally:
 As the tank matures, diatom problems tend to fade. Should such tanks have some major biological upset requiring frequent large-scale water changes, the diatoms may reappear. They should fade again when the tank returns to more conventional handling and upke


I've been told that most newbies who have just cycled their aquarium get them and not to worry about it, that it should clear up in a month or so. I have them on my decorations, and plants. I've been trying to wipe them off the plants but not worry about the decorations (unless they really start looking bad.) The toothbrush advise was good, hadn't thought of that one and my fish seem to like them. Hope this helps.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2012, 01:05:31 PM »

*Karma* for the information there Orandagal  Smiley

Another option I've seen for cleaning algae, is to use an old credit card or something similar and it comes off  Smiley I personally just use a sponge! I personally kinda like the algae, it looks more like a wild habitat in there Wink
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2012, 01:13:30 PM »

Thanks Skwishee,
I was a little freaked out when I started seeing this brown stuff all over and seriously thought my plants were all dying, even to the point of cutting off some of my anubis leaves until I REALLY looked at it, and then wiped it off of the leave. After doing some research, this sounded like what I had. It's not what I wanted to see, and I'm hoping it clears up soon, but being a newbie is all about learning, and learn I shall  Smiley with the tremendous support from the great people on this site!
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2012, 01:28:04 PM »

Most of my algae is more green, for some reason the algae on the elodea is a very dark almost black colour on some of the leaves Huh
But I just think, if it's there naturally and Lucky's happy to eat, then what the heck, it's sure not doing any harm  Grin
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2012, 03:48:30 PM »

I have a mixture on green and brown algea but most of it has turned green lately. I just scrub every week but now Molly has taken care of most of it.
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2012, 04:23:15 AM »

Ive had brown algae growing in my tank for about a month. I clean it off when i see it but its growing behind my filter box where i can't reach. Ill be cleaning my tank tomorrow so ill be trying to slip a credit card behind the box to see if it can reach it. My tank is next to a window as ive got a small room and its the only place it fits
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2012, 02:39:03 PM »

I love the toothbrush idea! Much better than going at it with a facecloth. I have a 10-gallon tank in the basement where I keep my neon tetras, and that one often gets algae, probably from all the live plants I have in there. My goldfish aquarium is filled with fake plants, situated right below a window, and I have yet to see algae over the 10 years it's been running.

But I doubt a little algae will harm anything. It can get annoying, though, when it starts to spread. Just limit your light source and it shouldn't spread - I've found that the longer the aquarium light is on, the more algae there is. Smiley
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Re: Is this algae?
« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2012, 10:13:34 PM »

Hi Daniela,
If your new to having a bigger tank like me, I was a little freaked out about the brown algae forming on my anubis leaves and decorations, however, this is fairly common in a newly cylced tank (from what I've been told) and will go away in about a month. I waited for almost a full month from the time it started, took my decorations out, used a toothbrush as suggested and cleaned everything off real good. It is gone now and everything looks clean again.
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