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Old 04-17-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Algae!!!

In two weeks I have added 3 Seachem Flourish Tabs into the substrate and have added a few drops of Seachem Flourish into the water for my java fern twice. I have always had a thin layer of algae on the leaves but now I started noticing my anubias's leaves has grown into a dark green suade-like carpet. I'm doing something wrong. What can I do to get rid of the algae?

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- 3 gallon community tank (1 molly, 1 flame gourami, all my tetras died in a span of a week) 1/3 water change every 1-2 weeks.
- Wave-point Mirco Sun 6,500 k Daylight High Output 16-Watt LED Fixture Lighting, 12-Inch (half covered because algae was growing)- approximately on for 5 hours
- Aqueon QuiteFlow Internal filter
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:21 PM   #2
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3 gallon?

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Old 04-17-2015, 08:55 PM   #3
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16watt is way too powerful for your 3 gallon.

I had a 3w Cree LED on my 2gallon and it was burning my anubias.... Go figure.
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Oh really? Does it matter if half of it is covered?

Would it be ok if I cut it off earlier? Although 5 hours is a bit short isn't it?
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:57 AM   #5
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Unless you are putting your tank in a cave without any daylight, you tank is still getting light from the window.

I would put about 3-4watts of LED on 3 gallons of water with plants. So you are pretty much covering your whole LED bar...
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:19 AM   #6
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Besides containing myself on the stocking of a 3 gallon tank I would say your light is a bit high powered for just a Java Fern.

If we still followed watts per gallon you would have shattered high lighting recommendations.

I would dim the light. Some lights have a dimmer or can be bought. Others you can do a DIY dimmer with like window tinting.

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If it is covering all your plants and stuff I'm going to guess it is BBA or GHA. Can we get a picture?


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Well... since nobody else is gonna say it i will.

A molly and gourami have no business being in a tank that small. The only fish i would recommend for a tank that size is a betta.

If the algae is a thick carpet, its likely cyanobacteria.

But really, to help with your problem we need more information.
Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and whats your water change schedule?
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Well... since nobody else is gonna say it i will.

A molly and gourami have no business being in a tank that small. The only fish i would recommend for a tank that size is a betta.

If the algae is a thick carpet, its likely cyanobacteria.

But really, to help with your problem we need more information.
Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and whats your water change schedule?

I definitely saw it. Just tried to stay on topic as much as possible. Agreed with this comment though.


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I definitely saw it. Just tried to stay on topic as much as possible. Agreed with this comment though.


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It's still on topic. The overstocked nature of this tank is likely contributing to the algae bloom.
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Is a molly and a gourami too much for a 3 gallon?

My ammonia and nitrite levels are good. It's probably my light. I will probably have to cover it some more. Thanks for all the advice. I thought maybe the liquid nutrient too much and causing the algae to grow. Maybe I'll turn off the light earlier and see if that will help.

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