Black stuff in the tank

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Postby elliejon » 2007-11-09 15:11

I have a 10 gallon tank. We have 9 fish in it. They seem to be doing fine, but my question is, I added some live plants, and now there are black spots on the fake plant and the other decorations in the tank that I couldn't wash off. Anybody know what it is? Will it affect the fish? How do I get rid of it, or should I leave it? Thanks! :D
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-09 18:12

Hey welcome to AFF! :D Nice to see you.
Sounds like a simple form of algae, probably come in on your plants. It's a pain in the bum, but will scrub off the fake ones easily enough :)
Won't affect your fish, don't worry. What sort of fish and plants do you have?
Also, what size water changes are you doing, and how often?
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Postby elliejon » 2007-11-09 19:11

we have 3 neon tetras, 3 tropical tetras, 2 fantail guppies and a placo. I feed them twice a day(early morning, late night.) and clean out their tank once a month, probably removing half the water.
For plants I have a banana, palm and and unsure of the name of the third plant. my Placo is obvouisly getting enough to eat because she doesn't even touch the black stuff which I know now is algae.
Should I invest in another algae eater? would gladly take any advice anyone has to offer!!

Thanking all in advance :vic: [peace]
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-11-10 00:02

How big is your tank? What temperature do you keep it at?

Try increasing your maintenance up to a small water change every week end (10-15%), wash out the filter sponges in the old tank water whenever you do those.

If your palm looks like the photo below, it is not a true aquatic plant and will die with time, but not to worry, it should survive for a while yet and I'm sure you will be able to find something to replace it with :) I would advise that you try something like Elodea...

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"Aquatic" fern

All in all, algae is (IMO) natural and you will find some in almost every home aquaria and not all are edible by "algae eaters".

p.s. plecos appreciate a spot of courgette or cucumber every now and then weighed down with a stone & rubber band / something heavy
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-10 16:42

((KK - 10 gallon tank.))

*grins* Or you could go for cabomba, mosses, there's all manners of true, beautiful plants out there. In fact, if you ask Kat nicely, I'm sure she might sell you some of her water lettuce. (Grand stuff that...)
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Re: Black stuff in the tank

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Re: Black stuff in the tank

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