How to get rid of algae

Dillan Murphy

I had a problem with my lights not turning their selves off, I thought my wife was turning them on for me but come to find out they weren't turning off. The lights were on for maybe 5 days straight and now I have a algae breakout. I've tried scrubbing it and cutting the lights down to 4 hours a day but it won't go away, what should I do?
 

BigManAquatics

I have nerites in most of my tanks which keeps the algae down a lot. Also, fish like platies and mollies like picking at algae too.
 

StarGirl

Do a black out for a few days. Like dont turn them on period for 2 or 3 days. The plants will be fine for a small amount of time.

Timers are cheap. You can have them come on for 4 hours off for 4 hours on again for 4 hours. That could help too. Then no one has to remember either.
 

ALS

To improve the blackout technique wrap a sheet around the outside of the tank. The darker the tank the better the results
 

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