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Old 09-19-2021, 05:45 PM   #1
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Algae?

What kind of algae do I have growing on my filter, heater, and rocks (and plants, I think)? What can I do about it other than scrubbing it off? I looked into some AQI products that say they remove algae, but it seems like they may harm my fish.

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Old 09-19-2021, 06:47 PM   #2
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You could try Flourish Excel by seachem ... I'm new to the hobby so I have no idea what kind of algae that is though...
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Also, should note the following:
- 3 gallon tank, 1 betta
- no idea on wattage of light - aquarium came in a kit and I can’t find any info on light
- light is on timer from 7am-7pm
- tank is in sunny room but not in direct sun
- no CO2 or fertilizer administered
- planted with Anubias, Java fern, and moneywort
- tank is cycled and changed every 2 weeks (about 25%)
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Just looks like green algae to me.

Seachem Flourish Excel is a mild algaecide, so that might help. For me the elephant in the room is the light on 12 hours a day. 6 to 8 hours is more what you commonly arrive at to maintain algae at managable levels. Throw in a well lit room as well.

Manually clean off and remove what you can, reduce the lighting period, change water a bit more often, see how things are in a couple of months. Maybe a snail?
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Thanks, Aiken Drum. I literally just changed the timer for my light, as I came across the 6-8 hour advice on this forum. Going to clean and get a snail. Thanks!
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