Need help in Algae control (beginner)

Discussion in 'Algae' started by SonsOfGuppies, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. SonsOfGuppiesValued MemberMember

    I have run my fish tank for 7 1/2 months already, and i keep experiencing algae bloom. I am running a low tech Planted tank (dosed regularly with excel and less than half recommended dose of ferts).

    So far i know Light intensity and duration, feeding amount and frequency, and water changes affect the way algae bloom.

    I'm running 2 T5 light bulbs, with one 16w LED. I tried reducing light up to 11 1/2 hours. I kept both on since if one is off, the tank looks dimmer. Lights on at 9:00am and off at 8:00pm (sun goes up at 6am in my place)

    My Tank is close to the window, but it is curtained with an extra covering

    I reduced feeding frequency so feeding goes once every 2 to 3 days.

    I tried changing 50% of the water before but the algae keep growing back.

    I haven't seen a day with very little algae.

    I don't think scrubbing the glass wall is a good idea. It turns the water greener.
  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

  3. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    This article is also helpful and there are pictures and explanations on how to deal with green water:

  4. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    I have a bit of an algae problem as well. This may not be the best solution but when I started seeing that I had such an algae issue I picked up 3 nerites. The nerite snails did an excellent job of cleaning my ornaments but they rarely cleaned the glass. I picked up a few oto's and now I still have algae from time to time but between the nerites, otos, and a stringent lighting schedule, it's not a huge ordeal anymore.

    If you do have to scrub the glass, the mag float works pretty well.
  5. MtnTigerWell Known MemberMember

    100% agree on the Mag Float. I only clean the front glass once per week with it and leave the other three sides for the Nerites and BNPlecos to enjoy.
  6. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    I love my mag float too. I clean the front and sides every few days it is so easy but I am leaving the back with some green algae for the snails and mollies. Also, I have read if you leave algae somewhere in your tank it tends not to take over other areas.
  7. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Cut the lighting to 6 of 7 hours a day and that should help a lot. 11 1/2 hours a day is a lot.

    Also if you have green water, a UV sterilizer will help.

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