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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:26 am Post subject: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Hi,
 My  aquarium  gravel  is  catching  algae  very  fast  and  my  tank  base  totally  looking  green/brown.  
 
 How  can  i  clean  this  algae?  At  water  changes  it  cannot  be  removed  ┬áby  syphon
 Walls  are  not  catching  algae.  
 This  is  a  2ft  NON  PLANTED  tank  with  just  a  pair  of  Angel.Internal  Power  Filter  running  24*7  and  weekly  WC  of  50-70%.
 
 Is  there  any  relation  of  increasing  temprature  and  increasing  algae..?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Whats  the  capacity  of  the  filter?  I  think  you  would  need  to  increase  or  optimize  the  water  flow  so  that  there  is  more  movement  around  the  substrates  vicinity  too.  Let  the  experts  confirm.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Direct  sunlight  on  the  tank??
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:01 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 There  was  a  thread  on  this  earlier,  in  that  post  some  one  said,  he  had  to  re  do  the  whole  tank  and  nuke  it....
 
 Whats  "NUKE  IT"?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:04 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 @  Shreyas  
 
 No  direct  sunlight  actually  my  Glass  walls  are  pretty  clean..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:16 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 There  are  two  things  that  you  should  check  now...
 
 How  much  are  you  feeding  it  and  what  is  the  lighting  in  your  tank.  This  might  resolve  the  problem.
 
 Let  us  know  on  these  two  things  and  also  on  your  filteration...  what  is  your  Liters  /  Hour  output  capacity  of  your  filter,  you  can  check  this  by  filling  a  two  liter  water  bottle  and  noting  how  much  time  this  requires  and  extrapolate  it  for  the  hour.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:24 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 @  Shreyas..  
 
 Currently  i  am  feeding  them  twice  a  day.(they  finish  in  2-3  mins)  Hikari  Pellet  Food.
 And  one  8watt  CFL  running  for  7-8  hrs  per  day..(means  in  night)  
 
 And  filter  is  some  BOYU  brand  and  is  written  600  LPH  on  it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:32 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

                                                   
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 And  one  8watt  CFL  running  for  7-8  hrs  per  day..(means  in  night)  
                 

 
 You  mean  to  say  that  you  run  a  light  in  the  night?  When  do  the  fish  get  a  break  from  light?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:40 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Vignesh,  
 
 No  one  stays  at  home  whole  day.  Its  pretty  dark  in  the  room  where  Tank  is  kept.  
 and  then  how  one  can  see  the  fish  in  dark  if  no  lights  are  on?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:04 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Sanjiv,  as  of  now,  dont  switch  the  lights  on  at  night.  On  weekends  when  you  are  at  home,  you  can  keep  it  on  for...  lets  say  6  hours.  Do  this  for  a  few  days.  Feeding  looks  okay.  If  this  fails  then  we  might  have  to  look  at  water  quality.  Do  a  50%  water  change  over  the  week  end.  Hope  you  dont  have  excessive  nutrients  in  the  water,  encouraging  algae.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:09 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 Shreyas..
 
 We  have  bore  well  water...  
 
 And  how  much  time  you  keep  your  lights  on  ?  Non  Planted  tank..  and  in  day  or  in  night..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:15 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 A  non-planted  tank  does  not  require  lighting  unless  you  want  to  see  the  fish.  Since  you  are  using  lights  in  a  non-planted  tank,  you  have  algae  which  is  taking  place  of  your  plants.  Use  the  lights  only  when  you  want  to  see  the  fish,  make  a  couple  of  water  changes  and  the  algae  will  disappear.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:14 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 I  have  a  similar  problem  
 
 The  tank  is  3.5'  X  2'  x  2'  (  atman  tank  with  the  filter  running  24X7)
 
 I  have  1  flowerhorn  in  it.(  big  one  about  6-7  inches)
 i  never  switch  on  the  light  in  the  tank  and  feed  it  once  a  day  which  it  seems  to  eat  in  about  5  min.
 
 but  it  is  placed  in  my  office  cabin  and  the  cabin  is  lit  up  thru  out  the  day.
 
 What  can  i  do
 
 there  is  algae  on  the  gravel  and  the  walls  .
 the  alternate  days  20%  water  change  doesnt  seem  to  help  to  solve  this  problem  and  they  come  up  within  2  days  of  water  change.(  complete  change)
 
 
 please  advice
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:29 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 For  the  walls,  if  it  is  a  glass  tank,  you  can  use  a  magnetic  cleaner.  If  it  is  in  the  gravel,  I  think  you  need  to  improve  circulation  in  the  tank.  Since  it  is  a  top  filter,  I  guess  circulation  might  not  be  enough.  You  can  try  adding  a  powerhead.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:29 pm Post subject: Re: Gravel Full Of Algae Reply with quote

 @Vikas  -  you  should  use  a  UV  filter.  It  will  surely  kill  all  the  algae  spores.
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