Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-04-2016, 08:22 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1
Green Algae, won't go away !

I have a 40g freshwater taken with Angels, Molly's and 2 pleco's.

I had a HUGE (whole tank green) algae bloom this summer took the water to the local pet store and they said my phosphates and nitrates were off the chart. Great ok so I have spent the past 6 weeks fixing my water chemistry. My Phosphate and Nitrates now read 0 on the dropper test kits, I do 20% water changes twice a week. The fish seem quite happy but this green algae won't go away! I have to scrub the glass on my tank almost daily (well not really scrub the algae just falls right off). I was told once the phosphate and nitrates were gone without food the algae would stop growing but that doesn't seem to be happening. What else can I do to fix this short of nuking the whole tank which I don't want to do?
__________________

__________________
riekl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2016, 12:53 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Hartsdale, NY
Posts: 305
You can add lots of live plants, including floating ones. You can also grow some houseplants, like pothos, with their roots in the water. All of this works to suck up nitrates. I doubt that your nitrates are really 0. Maybe this is the nitrite reading?
__________________

__________________
mambee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2016, 01:40 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 12,863
You did not mention what type of light fixture(s) is on the tank and how many hours of the day it is on. Reducing the amount of light or the number of hours it is on will probably have the biggest impact on the presence of algae. Generally shooting for 6-8 hours per day is a good start.
You did mention that the algae is "falling off". Does it appear slimy or web like or grow in sheets along the glass surface and other surfaces? If so, this might actually be Cyanobacteria or blue green algae (BGA). Frequent water changes and short term direct spot treating with hydrogen peroxide might help control this. Physical removal via siphoning should reduce spreading (be sure to rinse the siphon hose and water change bucket well). A long term effective treatment is erythromycin (EM). API sells EM in most big box stores and LFSs. I've used it in the past with success.
__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
algae, green, green algae

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Green algae won't go away ImACoolguy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 03-28-2015 10:17 AM
Algae that won't go away machotaco Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 03-22-2015 11:21 AM
Green, green go away mllalvarado Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 11-02-2010 09:12 AM
Algae won't go away u2_Crazy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 06-16-2008 03:33 AM
Fungus that just won't go away minx Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 2 01-11-2003 09:03 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.