Light Brown Algae on everyting but the glass.

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Ziabis, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    See pics...
    Light Brown Algae on all the plants and rocks. Also a almost black algae.

    Never seen this before.

    Ideas
     

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  2. GgAcE

    GgAcEValued MemberMember

    Can I first say "what a pretty tank!!!!!"? Very nice set-up. As for the algae.... I can see a LOT of glare in your first image. How much direct sunlight is this tank getting during the day?

    Do you use blue lights at night?
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    That's only glare, I get zero direct sunlight.
     




  4. GgAcE

    GgAcEValued MemberMember

    Darn... I was hoping at some point sunlight from one of those many windows would have reached the tank...

    So my other question - Blue lights at night by chance?
     
  5. FiscCyning

    FiscCyningValued MemberMember

    Wow, beautiful tank!

    Hopefully we can get your algae problem sorted out for you. How long do you keep the tanks on for each day? Also, can you test your water to check for high nitrate levels? Any changes to the tank before the algae showed up?
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    No lights at all at night.

    Last time I checked nitrates were ZERO and lights are on for 8.5 hours using the EHEIM Power LED light.
     
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  7. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    If it will not cause you to be overstocked, I would suggest a Bristle Nose Pleco to take care of the Diatoms. Nerite Snails will also help if you do not mind little white eggs all over the place, and these eggs are difficult to remove. (they will only hatch in saltwater/brackish water but are fine for fresh water aquariums)

    I see that this tank was set up 6/15/14 so I'm not surprised that you are having this issue. It's very common in newly set up aquariums. Too, try reducing the light by another 1/2 hour for now to get to the root of the issue.

    Beautiful tank!

    Ken
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    I do have a bristlenose pleco. I got him 2 weeks ago now. The pleco when I got him the for the few few days he cleaned everything, now he just sits there, I realize hes more a nightime cleaner but I don't see any cleaning. I can tell from the rocks he cleaned initially, but now algae is back on them.

    But I don't think I can find any Nerite snails in my town. I will try and get a few.
    Thanks...
     
  9. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello,

    Give your Pleco one of these :nono: and tell him to get busy! :) I have a female Bristle Nose and Nerite Snails and no Diatoms. Eventually the Diatoms will stop but it may take a good while. Too, hopefully your Pleco will get on the ball before long.

    Ken
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    Ok just did a water test.
    Nitrates (20) are tad high with weekly 30% water changes, 2 canister and 1 HOB filters.
    Ammonia is always a steady .25...
    Nitrates 0
    Im wondering if I am feeding them too much. But nothing reaches the bottom. I usually only feed them 1 time/day.

    I figured since I had so much filtration I would be totally fine.
    See profile for info.
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    Only been about 4 months since last time, but maybe should I clean both Canister filters?
     
  12. GgAcE

    GgAcEValued MemberMember

    I suggest not cleaning both at the same time. I have 2 canisters (Fluval FX6) on my 125 gallon. I usually clean both of them once a month but one 2 weeks apart from another. If it's been 4 months since you last did any maintenance on it, you may want to review your media to ensure it's active. Carbon & such only lasts so long.
     
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    Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    I don't use carbon, I may need to get to pads and such.
     






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