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Old 01-03-2014, 01:03 AM   #11
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I would suggest first finding the underlying reason for the algae. What type of algae is it? How long are your lights on? As stated, the tank is too small for algae eating fish. Mystery snails may work, but they bring a decent bioload with them. I'd probably suggest a single amano shrimp, depending on the actual type(s) of algae.
I'm with this guy.

My brother and a mate have been having algae issues, simply caused by running lights too long. I only use mine for 6 hours or so and have never had a single issue with algae.
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I'm with this guy. My brother and a mate have been having algae issues, simply caused by running lights too long. I only use mine for 6 hours or so and have never had a single issue with algae.
Definitely agree with both. I have no algae either, which I chalk up to a COMBINATION of factors, including limiting lights (plants root in the dark, so they actually get much healthier looking if not over-lit anyway), keeping lots of plants to compete with the algae for nutrients in the water column, and having a small cleanup crew of shrimp and snails. But both posters here are totally accurate in saying that lighting (either artificial or natural) is likely at least partially at fault for your algae. Still, I find the algae and algae-eaters to be a fun part of the whole ecosystem.
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Definitely agree with both. I have no algae either, which I chalk up to a COMBINATION of factors, including limiting lights (plants root in the dark, so they actually get much healthier looking if not over-lit anyway), keeping lots of plants to compete with the algae for nutrients in the water column, and having a small cleanup crew of shrimp and snails. But both posters here are totally accurate in saying that lighting (either artificial or natural) is likely at least partially at fault for your algae. Still, I find the algae and algae-eaters to be a fun part of the whole ecosystem.
Which is mostly my point. I run lights about 8 hours a day. But i would like to know what snail. I think mystery.
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If you are set on adding a snail, I'd go with a nerite rather than mystery.
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I agree. No need to unnecessarily increase bioload on a small tank. Nerite is a good way to go, but may need to be rehomed once you get the algae under control holistically.

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I agree. No need to unnecessarily increase bioload on a small tank. Nerite is a good way to go, but may need to be rehomed once you get the algae under control holistically.

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Youre right! I can put him in my 10g afterwards, and if ever needed, my 1.3g if a snail is necessary, nerite it is.
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