Re: Algae Problems Digest Number 438
- I also have a System 3, 5 gallon Hex, and battle algae
all the time too. Though I think it's a great hospital
or breeding tank, I reaaalllyyy want to get my Betta
outta there. He's temp sharing space with a guppy mom
and her ton o' fry.
Done the feeding less and make water changes more
frequently but I wonder if the pump/filter just isn't
strong enough to keep it livably clean week to week.
I do occasionally use my magnet cleaner in the 5. That
helps for a few days at a time. This tank is not glass
though...and it can scratch some, fyi.
Right now I am in the process of building my own set
up for the hex and a 2 1/2 for my betta. Recently I
purchased a Cascade 150 to replace a BioWheel filter
for a 29g and am so happy with it! No wheel and great
bio process...anyone have a small tank
suggetion/alternate for a bio-wheel set up? I like the
outside hanging ones, but, any suggestion is helpful.
original post >
I have an Eclipse System Three that's been going along
for three or so months now. I have some Neon Tetras,
an African Dwarf Frog and a couple of snails in it. I
recently have begun to have an algae problem. I was
looking for some advice on how to deal with it. Are
there any good and friendly algae eaters for a tank
that small? If not then some advice on other ways to
deal with it would be appreciated.
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- --- jamie kathan <bettamoma@...> wrote:
> Done the feeding less and make water changes moreThe amount of algae one has in their tank is not likely to have
> frequently but I wonder if the pump/filter just isn't
> strong enough to keep it livably clean week to week.
anything to do with the filter. Algae is the result of an excess of
certain chemicals/nutrients in the water and/or too much light or
light on too long.
A filter mainly does two jobs for the tank. One is trapping particles
mechanically and the other is converting toxic Ammonia and nitrites
into nitrates (bio-filtering). Also chemical filtering is done to
some extent, but this is usually in third place for most filters if
at all. If the cause of the algae is from too much nitrates, then
certainly the filter is doing a wonderful job.
If the problem is related to an excess of ammonia, nitrites, or
nitrates, then the problem is related to over feeding, overstocking,
not large enough or frequent enough water changes or often a
combination of two or more of those.
If the problem is other excess nutrients, like phosphate, then the
problem is overfeeding, too much or the wrong type of plant
fertilizers, excess in your water source (e.g. your tap water), pH
Down type chemicals, etc.
If the problem is too much light or too long on, then you need to add
more plants to out compete the algae or cut down on the light period.
Anything more than 12-14 hours of lighting is definitely an algae
problem waiting to happen. If you have no live plants, then the light
should be on no more than 10-12 hours a day.
None of these potential problems is related to the filter.
Patrick Timlin ptimlin@...
- You need to drain the whole tank, put your fish in a big bucket, and than
wash the gravel, and rinse out the tank with just water, than set your tank back
up, but you will need to add chemicals to treat the alge, and than it can
take up to 2 weeks for it to go away, we had a simalar problem,and that did the
trick,if you need any more help,i would be glad to try and answer ant
questions you have!!! Good Luck
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