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Max B.
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Aquarium Algae
« on: December 17, 2010, 10:41:02 AM »

Hi, I did a search on the forum and found no one yet shared this link before to an article describing different types of aquarium algae and the methods to fight it. Pictures are also included. I would not copy&paste the article here leaving the copyright to its author. Just a link which might be very useful to the others.

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Feel free to have a look at it.
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Nossie
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 12:52:33 PM »

Ah yes! I've found many interesting articles on that page Smiley Definitely worth a look! Smiley
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010, 01:17:51 PM »

This is really good info...thanks! Smiley
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Max B.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 08:03:52 AM »

You are welcome. I found this article helpful as well.
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April
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 12:51:53 PM »

Thank you for sharing this it is a good read Smiley
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010, 10:40:52 PM »

That's a great article Smiley Thanks Max.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010, 11:57:29 PM »

haha! awesome! thank you for sharing this! I've been wondering how to get rid of my algae, and now I know, though its gonna bug me not cleaning the freaking glass... XD
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2010, 02:54:37 AM »

Max, THANKS FOR SHARING, very good articles. KARMA  Grin

It'll help a lot, I am positive Wink
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Max B.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2010, 01:12:30 PM »

Thank you everyone! It's a pleasure to be part of this community.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 03:50:28 PM »

Wow I never knew somany things caused algea!
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2010, 03:50:57 PM »

It is, how is Kara ?
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2010, 09:15:08 PM »

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It is, how is Kara ?

Kara is fine and helping me to deal with the nasty bba developed on my java ferns. I started Flourish excel a couple of days ago and she is now more than ever interested in it. Probably because the bba started to fade away it became as I assume more tasty to Kara so she is really feeding on the algae. :-)
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2010, 04:51:32 AM »

That's so sweet Smiley
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2011, 10:26:24 AM »

Good article, answered my questions on brown algae!
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2011, 03:06:06 AM »

I have two little fantails in a 28 litre tank with filtration kit, stones on the bottom, a couple of ornaments and plastic plants.  I had three but one has died.  All was well one evening and the next morning the water had gone orangy brown along with all the plants and ornaments and one of my fish had died. on opening the lid the water smelled horrible, even though I had been cleaning out by taking a third of the water out every fortnight and putting aquasafe in the new tap water before introducing the fish back in.  Now I am finding that this orangy brown colour is back after a few days and is creeping up the side of the tank and all over the ornaments, and I am cleaning it all every two or three days. The water smells again after a couple of days too. Can anyone suggest anything before I lose my other two?
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2011, 03:21:33 AM »

hi poppy

where is your tank located is it in direct sunlight as that will cause algae. how often do you feed and how much. hope you get your problem sorted out.  Smiley
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2011, 03:47:25 AM »

Hi dekker, I have tried to do everything right so far. the tank is not in direct sunlight and it has a light in it which i put on every morning and turn off at night.  I feed once a day and they eat it all in seconds.  I dont know whether I should take everything out and scrub it all and change all the water now, or just clean the sides of the tank and the stones etc and only change some of the water.  And do I clean the stuff in tank water or tap water.  The fish seem to be ok but the water smells again and i only cleaned it three days ago...
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2011, 05:34:15 AM »

How big are the fish? because at full length 2 fish will need 80 liters.
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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2011, 06:57:54 AM »

they are very small.  Just over an inch in length each and very lively
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2011, 12:17:10 PM »

Great article, it answered a few of my questions as well about brown algae...been having quite an outbreak of it in one corner of my tank and just can't get it under control.  Shocked thanks again, Max!
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2011, 05:25:31 AM »

Poppy: You wont need an 80 liter now but in like a month or 2 it will probably be needed.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2011, 07:39:04 AM »

Poppy: How big is the tank, and what kind of filtration do you have?
The size of the fish doesn't matter, they still produce a whole lot of waste so they need the extra water. 80 liters is an absolute minimum for two goldfish. I'd rather go for a 100L.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2011, 02:31:20 PM »

Hi, poppy here.  Just a quick thankyou for info on my problem with the brown algae. I took a water sample into pets at home to have it analysed and went through lots of checks with a knowledgable guy in there.  It seems that the water is fine and the reason why the algae is going mad in the tank is because I have been leaving the light on for far too long each day which encourages it.I have now cleaned out the tank AGAIN, replaced all the ornaments with new ones, scrubbed all of the stones, and just put the light on for a few hours in the evening instead of all day. Five days later and so far so good.  The water is still clear and doesnt smell at all.  The fish seem to be happier too...   Fingers crossed it continues
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2011, 01:11:07 PM »

Keep testing the water daily for a few weeks please, if you emptied the tank 100%. It will need to cycle, and during this time, your fish will be exposed to ammonia, which is highly toxic to fish!
If you can't bring a sample of the water to the pet shop many times a week, just change it every other day, just to be safe Smiley Take out at most 50% 2-3 times a week.
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2011, 01:30:01 PM »

Hi.  I will keep testing the water as they will take a sample in at any time to check it.  I will also keep an eye on the size of the tank in respect to the size of the fish.  The man I spoke to in the shop said that two little guys are ok in that tank I have but I know that if they start to grow they will need a bigger one.  I think they are growing already...  They also told me in the shop that real plants are better for them although they will need to be replaced every 3 months when they start giving out nitrogen instead of using it.  Is that right because I want to do the best for them.  He told me that real plants encourage the algae but are better for the fish?  Also, I am moving house soon and the water is much harder where I am going to, so will this make a difference to the changing of the water and if so, what can I do to compensate for this?  Poppy
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2011, 04:07:02 AM »

He's full of cr*p as usual, most pet shop workers are :/
Plants don't need to be exchanged, at most because the goldfish are eating some of them Wink But if you'd go with Java Fern or -moss and various types of Anubias, they should leave them alone Smiley
The plants will not encourage algae, but actually kill them, since the plants use up the nutrients in the water that the algae feed on! However, goldfish do like eating green algae, and having a few patches of those on the back glass are just natural and fine Smiley

If you're not sure how big a tank goldfish need, I'll give you a small chart:
1 goldfish - 20 gallons/80 liters
2 goldfish - 20-30 gallons/80-120 liters
3 goldfish - 30-40 gallons/120-160 liters
4 goldfish - 40-50 gallons/160-200 liters
5 goldfish - 50-60 gallons/200-240 liters
etc.

You probably noticed that one goldfish needs 10-20 gallons to be healthy, if you have common, comets, shubunkins or other cigar-shaped goldfish, go for the 20 gallons per fish (or 80 liters). They are fast swimmers and need a lot of space to be comfortable Smiley
Fancies will be fine as long as the tank is bigger than 20 gallons but you calculate it for 10 gallons per fish. (or 40 liters)

Not to mention that no matter how big a tank you buy, your filter needs to pump at least 10 times the amount of water the tank holds, as in, you have a 40 gallon/160 liter you need a filter that pumps 400gph/1600 l/h as a minimum. In my 317 liter tank, I've got two filters, each pumping 1500l/h each, so all in all, they pump 3000 liters, just about 10 times more Cheesy

Remember to always change the water regularly as well, 50% weekly is ideal for an average size tank (a few hundred liters), make sure you won't overstock! Wink
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Re: Aquarium Algae
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2011, 11:49:25 AM »

I agree with Nossie.  The plants don't need to be replaced every 3 months.  Just remove any leaves or branches that turn brown.  I have one plant that keeps growing so tall I have to cut it down and move the cut pieces to the weight.

I also agree that plants help keep the algae down.
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