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Old 09-06-2005, 02:46 AM   #1
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No algae. Cause for concern?

I was thinking about it today and realized that I have had no algae growth in either of my tanks. Granted the 55 gal is new, but the 10 gal had been running for quite a few months now. It's not that I would want a huge algae problem, but it seems like I should have seen a little by now. Is this something I need to be concerned with? How soon would someone expect algae to start growing?
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Old 09-06-2005, 07:02 AM   #2
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What kinds of fish do you have in your tank? because I don't get algae either but my baby mollies are always picking at my fake plants so I'm assuming that they're eating algae or something off them ._.
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Old 09-06-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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If you never see visible algae its not really something to be concerned about.. it just means that you dont have excess nutrients such as NO3 and PO4.. HTH
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Old 09-06-2005, 08:24 AM   #4
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*holds chest* for a second there I thought that said it is something to be concerned about lol... and is that a good or a bad thing you don't have excess of that stuff? o.o well..Nitrate is a given, that's bad but what about phosphate? 8O
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:10 AM   #5
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excess phosphate is just as bad as nitrate IMO.. it will cause macro algae problems and greenwater.. 8O
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8O *prays i do not have nitrate or phosphate problems in tank at any point*
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:56 AM   #7
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testing and water changes, testing and water changes..
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:34 AM   #8
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My 55 tank has been up for 10 months, I am just now getting some algae on the front glass. I keep nitrates low, 5 ppm or less. I had an initial brown algae bloom that always seems to herald the completion of the cycle, then very little. The Pleco munched all the brown stuff greedily, it seems rather uninterested in the green stuff.
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Old 09-06-2005, 10:55 AM   #9
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No need to be concerned. Your tank is properly balanced. Be thankful that you aren't fighting green spotted algae like I am. Ugh.
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I havn't seen algae in my tank since the guys in the planted forum gave me some advice. Thanks to waterchanges...however much trouble they may be...
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Speaking of water changes.....*smacks myself at my lack of doing them lately....*
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Old 09-06-2005, 07:53 PM   #12
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Oh good. I've seen at least a little algae in every tank I've ever looked at and started thinking something was wrong with my tanks. I guess I'm doing okay then. Thanks.
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