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I have a 72 gallon fish tank. For a few months, I've been getting these little black (sometimes green) dots on the inside of my tank's glass. My pleco doesn't eat it. These dots was on one of my decorations so I took it to the pet store who said it was black hair algae. I did a search but the picture of a black hair algae looks like hair. These are little dots. I take my scraper and scrape it off. Is it possible that if I leave it alone, it will look like a hair?

Does anyone know what these little dots could be?

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Bernice
 

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Hairy Algae is IME very hard to scrape of glass. Only Razor blades for IME.

My Black Beard Algae is more dark green black like yours.
If you leave it will turn have the hair type appearance.

I have found SAE's do the job. Pleos are not that good at it nor will they touch it.

Just a note SAE's are a schooling fish and thus need to be kept in a school. Make sure to get the SAE not a Flying fox.

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Amano said:
Hairy Algae is IME very hard to scrape of glass. Only Razor blades for IME.

My Black Beard Algae is more dark green black like yours.
If you leave it will turn have the hair type appearance.

I have found SAE's do the job. Pleos are not that good at it nor will they touch it.

Just a note SAE's are a schooling fish and thus need to be kept in a school. Make sure to get the SAE not a Flying fox.

mac
What are SAE's. I take it that it's a fish since you said it's a schooling fish. LOL Are these aggressive fish? The pet store told me he can give me some semI aggressive fish to help with it but I don't want them hurting my other fish.

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children11 said:
What are SAE's. I take it that it's a fish since you said it's a schooling fish. LOL Are these aggressive fish? The pet store told me he can give me some semI aggressive fish to help with it but I don't want them hurting my other fish.

Bernice
SAE are Siamese Algae Eaters. I have never owned any nor do I know much about them so if I were you I would do some research on them. From what I know they aren't that aggressive and should do okay in a community setup.
 

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SAE's aka Siamese Algae Eater. These fish are not at all Aggressive. I have 8 of them in my 100 gallon and they are going great. Just remember these fish get up to 7in long. But they are not that much of a Bio load at all.

Here is a link. No matter what you read. These fish must be kept in school.
 

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SAE and snails are the way to go.
 
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Amano said:
SAE's aka Siamese Algae Eater. These fish are not at all Aggressive. I have 8 of them in my 100 gallon and they are going great. Just remember these fish get up to 7in long. But they are not that much of a Bio load at all.

Here is a link. No matter what you read. These fish must be kept in school.
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no probs
 
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FredBjammin said:
SAE and snails are the way to go.
Thank you. I've had mystery snails before but for some reason my Pleco kept killing them. I think he was just sucking on the opening of the shell (not purposely) and killed them. I might try to get some more and see if that will help. I feed my pleco twice a week so I know he's not hungrey.

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What kind of pleco do you have? and how big?
 

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IME the snails are a waste of time. And in NZ they cost $20++ while SAE's are $10-$17 depending on size.

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FredBjammin said:
What kind of pleco do you have? and how big?
He's a Hi-Fin Leopard Plecostomas. I don't really know how big he is but if I have to guess, he's maybe 7 inches. He's getting big.

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Amano said:
IME the snails are a waste of time. And in NZ they cost $20++ while SAE's are $10-$17 depending on size.

mac
Wow, here in Oregon, the snails cost about $3.00 each and they are pretty big.

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children11 said:
Wow, here in Oregon, the snails cost about $3.00 each and they are pretty big.

Bernice
Ours are large two. From Nitrite to Apple to anything that you can buy. But they are so $$$$$.

Don't know why. But they always hold a price and so hard to even find.

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I got all my 3 types of snails for free! Just tell person getting your SAE out to throw a couple of those little buggers on the glass in the bag too.
 

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Good morning,

I have moved your thread to the Aquarium Water/Algae section of the forum.

Thanks!
Ken
 
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