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Old 07-03-2003, 09:38 PM   #1
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i was just wandering what is the best way to keep unwanted algae at a min. what are good algae controllers as far as snails and how many for a twenty gallon high fish only set up with just fluorescent lighting or are there any fish that will help this?
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Do you know the type of algae it is or can you post a pic?

For smaller tanks I find Cerith snails to be one of the best with film aglae and diatoms. A few nassarius snails wouldn't hurt either to maintain the sandbed and help eliminate uneaten foods. A mix of each would be best, 10-20 total.

NO Fluorescent lighting can be a bit of a contributor as well. Especially lower watt types. They will normally emit much of their light in the red spectrum level which promotes undesirable algae growth. Do you know the kelvin rating you have now and the age of the bulb?

What do you normally feed the tank?

I also find that maintaining the water chem (alk/Ca) a little higher than NSW also help alot. It inhibits the lesser algaes ability to gain nutrient from the water. You may not be maintaining a reef tank, but proper chem does help.

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reducing the amount of nutrients in the tank will also help. Alot of us use RO filters to produce nearly pure water vs using tap water.
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