Algae Issue... 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by AlexAlex, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. AlexAlex

    AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Good evening, folks -

    I have a singular male Elephant Ear Betta in a 5 Gallon tank. The tank has been cycled for a few weeks now. I don't know exactly why, but every time I clean up the algae, it comes back and with more the next day or two.

    Any ideas or suggestions on how to get rid of it? I am very picky about Algae, especially when it's on the front of the aquarium.

    Thanks in advance.

    Alex :)
     
  2. AlyeskaGirl

    AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    Is it Diatoms?
     
  3. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    What's your lighting like? Maybe you need to reduce it back a few hours a day?
    Do you dose ferts?
     
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    AlexAlex

    AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    No live plants, just one Betta, Gray Sand, black background, White Fluorescent light, and I'm not sure about diatoms. I don't know anything about ferts either.
     
  5. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    Could you take a picture of the algae in question?

    Also if it is algae think about getting some marimo moss balls they out compete algae for nutrients so you won't have a big issue with he,... also if i read right newer tank always hve issues with diatoms...
     
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    AlexAlex

    AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Great. I didn't want to hear about the Diatoms. Ugh. lol

    And I will look into the marimo moss ball scenario. Thanks for that information. :)

    I'll take pictures in the morning as I'm heading to bed in about 15 minutes or so.
     
  7. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    diatoms are easy to deal with and will most times go away on their own in the end of things.

    but some plants will def help ballance things out, something simple like wisteria or a floating plant would also work.
     
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    AlexAlex

    AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I just don't want any plants that are going to get "dismantled" in the tank. I had one before that did, and it was a horse of a mess cleaning it up out of the tank.

    I'll take a look into those plants. Thanks.
     
  9. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    The any of the regular plants would be fine then. I like the wisteria as it doesnt need much help at all to grow lol.
     
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    AlexAlex

    AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I looked into it. I can get some at Petsmart. I'm heading there Saturday, so I'll pick some up then.

    Again, thank you. :)
     
  11. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    No problem glad we could help!
     
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