Question What Kind Of Algae Is This?

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About a week ago I noticed a little bit of this stuff growing on the glass of my tank. Since then it is spreading fast. I have a Mystery Snail but she doesn't seem to be interested in it. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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loner556 said:
A couple nerite snails would clean that up quickly
My tank is fully stocked so don't have room for any Nerite Snails. I wish my Mystery Snail would eat it.

Donthemon said:
It should wipe off easily with a paper towel.
It is pretty far down in the tank so should I use a cloth or is paper towel ok in the water?
 

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I use either prefilter sponges or expired gift cards to remove anything from my glass... it’ll wipe off easy with even just your hand most likely
 

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Pretty normal diatoms if a new tank if its older tank too many silica in water. Use a phosguard in the filter.
 

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natureandwildlife said:
My tank is fully stocked so don't have room for any Nerite Snails. I wish my Mystery Snail would eat it.


It is pretty far down in the tank so should I use a cloth or is paper towel ok in the water?
It s fine. You just want to get it out of the water and not let it float off. Or a sponge or wash cloth that you are sure didn’t have any sop left on it.
 

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Mystery snails are not great algae eaters but a Nerite would go to town on that stuff. You'd only need one and they don't put much of a load on a tank. You could even get one of the horned ones that don't get as big and do as good a job of cleaning up algae if not better.
 

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Basil said:
So a question....do nerites need hard water for their shells?
They do not need as hard a water as Mystery snails do. A GH of 6-8 and a KH of 5 or more is fine. They do all right with slightly softer if a calcium source like a piece of cuttlebone or egg shell is put in the tank. The pH should also be 7.2 or higher. Mystery snails like very hard water. Too hard for most tank mates so they will do well with the same readings as Nerites. Just from my research, Mysteries can do well with GH from 8 to 18 and a KH of 12 to 18. You wouldn't want water like that in a community tank. Nerites are very adaptable. I have one in my Betta Tank where the water is slightly softer(TDS of 130), one in my other tank where the TDS is about 160 and a little Horned Nerite in my Opae'Ula tank which has brackish water of half the salinity of sea water.
 

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Dch48 said:
They do not need as hard a water as Mystery snails do. A GH of 6-8 and a KH of 5 or more is fine. They do all right with slightly softer if a calcium source like a piece of cuttlebone or egg shell is put in the tank. The pH should also be 7.2 or higher. Mystery snails like very hard water. Too hard for most tank mates so they will do well with the same readings as Nerites. Just from my research, Mysteries can do well with GH from 8 to 18 and a KH of 12 to 18. You wouldn't want water like that in a community tank. Nerites are very adaptable. I have one in my Betta Tank where the water is slightly softer(TDS of 130), one in my other tank where the TDS is about 160 and a little Horned Nerite in my Opae'Ula tank which has brackish water of half the salinity of sea water.
Thank you so much!
 

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I would have to agree with everyone one nirite snail will eat it all pretty fast. I had some in my tank and was wondering why my mystery snail wasn't eating it so I just put two of my nirite snail in to help out a bit and bam with in a day they had most of it gone.
 

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