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Old 11-29-2002, 07:06 PM   #1
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AHH ITS THE ATTACK OF ALGAE!

My 10 gallon tank has been over come with algae while i was away on a trip. It has normal flourescent lighting. Tetras and 2 kuhli loaches. Levels are all norm, no ammonia nitrates low. Been going for maybe a month or a little more. Fish are fine but would like a solution to the algae. The algae is brown. I use dechlorinated tap water for my changes but have only done 2 and they were both siphon from the bottom. What HOB filter do you guys recomend? Can I get an algae magnet that is small enough for my tank? Please help.
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Old 11-29-2002, 09:31 PM   #2
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How long were you gone, Lights on for how long?
I would clean all the decorations (if any) and the glass and due a few water changes. Mag-Float makes a small magnet glass cleaner that would be small enough for your tank. As for a filter my prefrences are either Whisper or Aquaclear filters both are good filters. IMO the Aquaclear is easier to maintain, but both will do a good job. Are you using any filter at this time?
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Regent HOB filter. I am going to clean all my decorations tomarrow after I get my magnet and a new pleco. The lights have been off for about 24 hours and im going to leave them off.
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Old 11-30-2002, 12:16 AM   #4
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Cleaning and a few water changes is, as EMS503 said, probably your best bet. Seems like stuff like this always happens when you're gone for a little while. Did anyone feed the fish while you were gone? Both the Whisper and the Aquaclear are very good filters. My preference for a 10g FW is the Penguin with a bio wheel. I doubt they are actually a better quality filter...I just like and have had good luck with bio wheel filters.
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yes, my mother fed my fish and yesterday she forgot to turn the light on so it has not been on since thur. evening. I put a towel over one side of the tank to block the natural light today. I wont feed for a few days and i will clean it up a little today.
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In my 11.1 gallon at the moment, I'm starting to obtain small, random browny / yellowy speckled patches on the front glass. They look far too thin and small for a large algae, but is this the same sort of thing do people think ?
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