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Old 01-17-2018, 01:50 PM   #1
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Algae Issues

I have been battling this algae for quite some time. It started when a family member was leaving the light on all night plus it's in front of a window. So I fixed the light schedule to be on 8 hours or less and put a black background on the back. The algae went away slightly but I'm still seeing a lot. I've tried spot treating with peroxide but it didn't do much. I've also been removing plant leaves that have algae but now my jungle vals are so pitiful and small and still have algae growing on them 😕 I also have quite a bit of green spot algae or something similar all over the gravel. I want to replace with new gravel or sand after I fix this issue. Its a 55 gallon tank with 2 angels, 3 mollies, 1 betta, a pleco, and some pond snails. It has just a basic stock light fixture which I haven't changed the bulb in a while so maybe that is causing some issues? I've been changing water 50% twice a week with slim to no results. Help please! Click image for larger version

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Old 01-17-2018, 02:07 PM   #2
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That's BBA..
I kill it spot treating with H202.
It can grow with good or bad light .
This is great link on algae types ,causes and cures.
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I figured that's what it was. Thank you! Now what about the green algae on the gravel? I just read on that site you can dip things in oxiclean?! That's a new one for me! Lol do you think oxiclean would get rid of the algae on the gravel and the large rocks in the tank? I've scrubbed them like crazy and it barely comes off. I plan on getting new substrate soon but I would like to save the gravel for use in another tank if possible but I gotta get rid of the awful algae on it first! 😐
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The Oxiclean is new to me also !
A quick check of their MSDS sheet says that it mostly hydrogen peroxide [H2O2].
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I'll guess what ever else can be washed away?
I would just soak the gravel in H2O2..
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Alright I'll soak a little gravel in peroxide and see how it goes! And I will continue the peroxide treatment on the plants. Fingers crossed I can get it all gone! Thank you for the advice and links! ☺
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Also you may not have used enough peroxide. I love killing that stuff it turns the prettiest shade of red I have ever seen!
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I donít know if this will help as it states Click image for larger version

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I have the same problem. Been battling a long time already. Out of desperation I used Pond Algae Relief by Jungle. Itís really strong so you only need a little bit but Iíve found using drops for several days has turned all my algae red and Iím able to cut off or remove those parts. Some just fell off.

Probably the same result as the peroxide. This is just whatís been working for me.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jungle-Po...3=2828&veh=sem
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Filtabout I have a few pothos hanging in the tank and when I change the water the roots get exposed to the air and the algae turns red and dies off. I do like seeing it turn red and die muahaha 😁😁
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How much peroxide can I safely use and how often? Also should I turn filters and light off while doing it?
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Yes turn off the filter and the lights gimme a sec and I will look up the correct dose I haven't had to use it in a while
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