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Old 06-29-2015, 02:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hey! Problem with my tank

I'm new and having a problem with my tank, so I'm looking for help.

I've got a ten gallon tank, with one betta and six neon tetras. I top up the tank about once every two weeks, and do a partial (1/3) change once a month. My problem is that I've got algae growing out of control. I got some TopFin AlgaeGone, but it's not helped at all. From doing some research, apparently one way to combat it is to get a pleco.

I know I can't get a "regular" pleco - my tank isn't big enough. But is there a dwarf subspecies that y'all recommend? How hard are they to care for? I do have a spare 2.5 gallon tank that I can use to set up a quarantine tank until I'm sure he's healthy - how long should I keep him apart if I get one?

Or is there another solution to the algae that I'm not seeing?
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:07 PM   #2
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I have nerite snails in my 10 gallon tank, 3 of them. They are great cleaners and fun to watch. I have no algae problems

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Old 06-29-2015, 02:10 PM   #3
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Could you post a picture of the algae please? There are different types that can be fixed in different ways.
Plecos, even smaller varieties like the Bristlenose may be too large for a ten gallon. As a substitute, my favorite algae cleanup critter is nerite snails.
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What kind of light do you have on the tank and how many hours is it running?

(Btw I'm just down the road from you in Germantown!)
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #5
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Here are some pics of the algae - there's some on the glass, more on the plants (both real and fake).

The lights are the LED that came with the tank. They're on from about 6 AM to about 8 PM or so.
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Don't snails tend to breed out of control? I've had several people tell me that snails are bad in tanks... (though they're not fish people so I don't know)
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Nerite snails need brackish water to breed, I went to my lfs to buy assassians. The lady there told me I would be better off with the nerites if I didnt want more than what I bought .

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And if you're worried about them not being able to get to some of your plants, dont. Ha they will figure it out. I wish I could have seen this one climb up there.

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Also I am no expert but I would cut way back on how long you are leaving your light on. I have a live plant (Java Fern) in my tank and only keep my lights on for a max of 4 hours a day. The algae is probably thriving because of how much direct light it is getting.

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Ummm... a monthly wc on a fully stocked 10 is not going to cut it. That's cyanobacteria or blue green algae. Do a weekly 50% wc and and dose the tank with eriothromycin. Remove as much as you can by hand.

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