Algae on gravel.

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I have quite a bit of algae in the tank and there is a lot on the gravel. I have been cleaning the rocks and the glass. My gravel cleaner doesn't seem to clean the algae off, just gets all the dirty things out of it.

How do I clean the gravel? ???
I was thinking about getting some algae eaters, but I think my tankis pretty stocked.
What should I do?

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You don't have any algae eaters in your tank? If you don't, your tank will eventually be overrun by algae (unless you have a lot of plants that will effectively compete with algae for nutrients, or unless you don't leave your aquarium light on for long periods).

In my 30 gallon tank I don't do anything with the gravel except weekly vacuum cleanings. There is not a speck of algae on my gravel, nor on my aquarium glass. I believe this is thanks to my algae eater. I see him constantly scavenge the bottom and the walls of my tank. Because he's disturbing the gravel constantly, he's preventing algae from growing there. Or maybe he's just eating whatever the algae might have grown on the gravel.

I'd say the best solution for you would be to get a suitable for your tank algae eater. Otherwise you'll have to be cleaning the aquarium glass constantly, AND your gravel. Though I don't think you'll be able to keep the gravel perfectly clean this way.

In my 10 gallon tank, where I have baby angelfish, I don't keep any algae eaters for the safety of my fish. In that tank, I have to clean the gravel and the glass because green algae grow on them regularly. This proves once again that algae eaters are effective: in my 10 gallon baby angelfish tank with no algae eaters there is an algae problem; and in my 30 gallon tank with just one algae eater I never have to clean the tank glass or the gravel because of algal growth. The little guy takes care of everything for me, lol.

P.S. In my 10 gallon tank, even though I clean the gravel regularly, there is always some algae left on it. It's impossible to thoroughly clean it inside the tank - you'd have to take it out to do this. But it will only be a matter of time when algae grows on that gravel again, once you put it back in. So once again, you need an algae eater.
 

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You could get a couple of pitbull plecos. They stay pretty small and love to roll gravel around in their mouth.
 
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I've never heard of them before. Do I have room in my tank for another fish. IT's my 15gallon. The fish I have are in my signature.

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Your 15 gallon tank is fully stocked. If I were you, I'd add only one algae eater that does not grow large, is peaceful, and that can be by itself (not a shoaling fish). Unless ... you can find some very small algae eaters to have 2-3 of them. But really, your tank is already fully stocked. Maybe this is why you're getting so much algae - there are probably a lot of nutrients in the water from fish wastes (the more the fish, the more the wastes), that are available to algae. Whatever the fish you add to your tank, even the algae eater, you'll have to watch your water parameters and probably need more water changes. More fish always produce more wastes, thus more frequent water changes are needed.
 

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Since your tank is a 15G perhaps a couple of otos would be sufficient to keep your tank and gravel clean. but at that point you will be stocked on the margin of overstocked and will have to be very vigilent about keeping the water clean. Anything larger will definitely be too big for your tank.
You could try more frequent water changes and less light to see if that helps. Algae survives on extra nutrients in the water and needs light to do it so well.
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OK. I'll trying putting the light on for less hours, do more frequent water changes (twice a week, OK?) and see if my lfs sells otos.

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green X!! its awsoem and cures algae problems for a short while you can either get it in a liquid or in a ouch that you place into your filtration system that will help cut down all the nutriance that algae loves I know Aqua Clear makes some Green X filter packets can't remember any other companies that make green X
 

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Otos like company but do fine alone. I wouldn't recommend putting any sort of chemical in the tank to treat the algae. Oftentimes, chemicals cause more problems than they fix. Its best, IMO, to go with as natural a solution as possible.
 

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This post reminds me of when I was younger and thought algae was a good thing and the more the better - I never cleaned it off cos I thought it reminded the fish of their natural environment - Dad eventually convinced me that its nice to actually see the fish... hehe
 

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