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Old 06-28-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Advice for cleaning out algae

I have a small 6.6g tank with cherry shrimp and a few java ferns/mosses that is developing algae problems.

All my plants are covered in a thin film of slime algae and the walls of the tank are covered in that hard circular algae that doesn't wipe off. The tank is only about 2 months old and there are only about 20 shrimp (or less? I never seem to see as many as I put in originally), so they apparently can't keep up with eating the stuff. It also apparently loves to grow on my DIY sponge filter.

So my question is, how should I go about cleaning the tank? I'd want to drain the tank down to gravel, remove the plants and animals, and just clean everything but I feel like I'd never be able to catch all the shrimp and I'd end up killing a few off when I stir up the gravel to get the crap out.

Also, the sponge filter is only about 1.5 months old but covered in algae. If I keep using it I know it'll just instantly repopulate the tank with the stuff, yet it seems premature to change it out after such a short amount of time.

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Old 06-29-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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Is the tank in direct sunlight, algae normally boom when it gets a lot of sunlight.
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No, indirect sunlight. It doesn't grow that fast but nothing is keeping it back, there aren't enough shrimp to eat it so I'm wondering how to clean it out.
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What lighting do you have on there and how long do you run it for?

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