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Old 12-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #11
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Algae is not your problem. Using chemicals... not good. Water changes...YES!
Does not matter how long you had the filter running, if there were no fish in the tank your filter never cycled.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #12
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Algae is not your problem. Using chemicals... not good. Water changes...YES! Does not matter how long you had the filter running, if there were no fish in the tank your filter never cycled.
Exactly. If the tank was just running with water and plants, there would not be an ammonia source to start the cycle and keep the cycle going.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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The algae isn't killing the fish, algae is harmless and natural, and the filter isn't the culprit either. The filter is just sucking up the already dead fish. You don't need to take the fish out if/when you treat with algae remover. You really shouldn't use any chemicals, they are just to make money off of people in my opinion. With a new tank you should always add fish slowly. You didn't have any built up beneficial bacteria in the tank so when you added all of those fish at once it was a overload of bad bacteria. If you add those fish slowly, let's say 2-4 every 3 weeks you should be fine. The algae should fix itself with regular water changes.
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High nitrates/phosphates could also be the cause. Are you doing regular water changes (not just topping up the evaporated water!). Get an algae scrubber if you don't like the look of it, rather than using chemicals to get rid of it.

You could be feeding too much food and have an inadequate bacterial colony to deal with the waste products.
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The brown algae is diatoms, which feed off of excess silicates in your substrate. Because of this, they are limited by the amount of silicates in the system and, once all the silicates have been used up, will die off. However, diatoms are a sign of a newly established aquarium. Regardless, algae is not really a problem, but more of an eyesore. Get a good magnetic scrubber and scrub the glass when it gets out of hand. All of my tanks grow algae like it's going out of style. Algae produces almost 80% of the Earths oxygen anyways!
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