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Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby mcrslipknota7x » 2008-07-03 19:20

Ok, I have a 20G aquarium that is turning out to be more trouble than it was worth! I can not get the algae to go away! I only have two orange tetras left(I had 9 different kinds of fish but they died)and they seem to be doing fine. The algae is green is covering my aquarium! Will an algae eater help with this? Also my aquarium has a heater, filter, etc. But, the water seems to be getting cold and I turned up the heater but is says it is 74 degrees F in my aquarium when usually it around 80 degrees F and think that is why my other fish died.

I think I am just going to stick to having betta fish! Aquariums are HARD WORK!
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby dekker » 2008-07-04 05:35

hi mcrslipknota :)

your heater sounds faulty i would try a new one, and it sounds as if you have a bad algae problem is your aquarium in direct sunlight that can cause an algae problem,where is it positioned, hope you get it sorted rather then give up. :) how often do you do water a water change i do mine once a week and this seems to keep mine in check. good luck keep at it its worth it. :)



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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby KittyKat » 2008-07-04 12:51

74 F is still fine for a tropical tank, but you should keep a close eye on the temp just in case the heater is broken. Don't worry about it too much if it remains around 74-80 F tho as it's quite normal for the temperature to vary throughout the day and depending on the weather.

What is the algae like? Is it a sheet?Long/short hair? Spots? Is it dark green or light green?
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby mcrslipknota7x » 2008-07-04 16:46

it is fuzzy green
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby KittyKat » 2008-07-04 21:09

Fuzzy? How do you mean? Can you take a photo of it?

Is it covering just the glass or only the decor or both?
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby Silverstarr » 2008-07-06 17:48

Yes, there are a number of different types of algae that can affect a tank. Some can easily be eaten by algae eaters, but there are many others which the algae eaters will not touch and need to be removed by hand.
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby susankat » 2008-07-07 02:31

Most algae is caused by an imbalance in the tank, (lights, ferts, waterchanges, co2)

Here is a pix of fuzz algae. Does it look like this? http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4144 ... hfghtu.jpg

If not here is a site that might help you identify the algae that you have. Just click on each of the names at the right till you find the one that it looks like.
http://www.aquariumalgae.blogspot.com/
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby dekker » 2008-07-21 05:45

hi 7x :)

how are things going with the 20gl tank have you cleared the algae problem hope so lets us no how you are going. :)


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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby Amy » 2008-07-29 18:08

algae can be very ennoying but you can get rid of it by reducing the nitrates in the water
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby dekker » 2008-07-29 18:29

hi 7x

algae is a problem but i enjoy things like that cleaning trying to get rid of it, so long as you dont let it get out of hand. :) hope you get it sorted soon.


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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby Dookie » 2008-08-03 08:19

Algae shrimps can be little miracle workers given the chance. I highly recomemnd 5 or 6 of those in there!
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby dekker » 2008-08-04 05:20

hi dookie


algae shrimps not seen them going to have a look later, just got a couple of b.n plecos and a s.a.e to help with mine but thanx for tip about shrimps.


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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby Dookie » 2008-08-04 10:59

Hiya dekker. Yup those things are brill, they are sometimes called amano shrimps. They're fairly common I guess, we get them in at work pretty much every week. We had 2 tanks in our system which for some reason were constantly covered with a thick layer of dark brownish green algae over the sand. I put 5 or 6 algae shrimp in to each of them and within a week the tanks were (and still are) clean as a whistle! :) There was just alot of algae shrimp poop for a while lol, and some very happy algae shrimps!
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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby dekker » 2008-08-04 19:09

hi dookie


i can just see them all at the bottom of the tank with big fat bellys and a big smile each, but yes they are smashing little fish love them and they do a great job in the tank.


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Re: Algae is my 20G aquarium!

Postby man-alive » 2008-11-10 03:19

do you have many live plants in the tank.

what are the hours the lights are turned on.

you should leave the lights on for 12 hours, anymore and you will have algae problems.
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