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Old 07-07-2003, 02:05 PM   #1
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Help! I can't get rid of my algae bloom

I have a 72 gallon aquarium, and I'm having a big problem with algae. I had a bunch of what I think was beard algae, green algae, and algae bloom. I have a rubber lip pleco and a couple rosy barbs, and they have helped some getting rid of my problem. I also drastically cut down on my lighting, and the beard algae pretty much disappeared. The green algae is doing better, my pleco is taking care of that, but I CANNOT get rid of my algae bloom. I don't have my aquarium in direct sunlight, and we never open the shades in our house otherwise. I have tried 25% water changes, and that didn't do any good. I don't know what to do next. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 07-07-2003, 04:07 PM   #2
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How long do you leave your lights on each day? You may cut back on that.
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:05 PM   #3
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Just keep doing water changes - 25% every three days.
Also reduce the amount you are feeding - most people overfeed
Do some water tests -the algae might be sympotamtic of other problems
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:18 PM   #4
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Check out the link below...It works. I had a bacteris bloom in my SW tank and it cleared it just the same way... Works for both...


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The best remedy I have seen for algae blooms is from CC. Completly cover the tank with blankets or towels(thick ones) and don't let any light in for five days or so. Your plants will survive the algae will not. From then on out be sure not to over feed, over fertilize, and cut down on your exposure times. If you have your tank near a window or in a place that gets any window light, you have to watch your exposure times extra carefully. It doesn't take much for the stuff to grow.
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I had this BAD about two weeks ago with my new planted tank. All I did was add filter wool to the back of my filter and add micronutrients and ferts to my tank it was gone two days later.
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Sadly filter wool, also know as batting won't take out floating algae, You would need a diatom filter, power filters, don't have a small enough media to remove microorganisms. Fertilizers I would imagine would only make it worse...
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Check out these two threads (in which I was the questioner) on the miracles of the diatom filter. It costs a little cash, about $70 from PetSmart, but given the incredible beauty of the results and the avoidance of the 5-day blackout business, I felt like it was well worth all the money.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=4520

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=4560

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