Algae problems in green sunfish tank
Posted 27 November 2017 - 06:30 PM
Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:09 PM
Bigger snails. Stoneroller's. Hate to suggest Pleco's but if the shoe fits. More frequent water changes. Light cycle change? Sounds like you have it pretty well figured out. Will adding dead leaves and other carbon help lock up nitrogen like it does in soil? Just curious about that. What about those Malaysian trumpet snails? Aren't they primarily nocturnal? In the substrate during the day and above at night? Would that give them a better chance surviving a diurnal predator?
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Posted 27 November 2017 - 09:47 PM
Algae is usually indicative of too much light and nutrients. Doesn't sound like you're feeding too much, but not knowing your W/C schedule and or gravel vacc habits, there could be lots of 'sludge' in your gravel fueling the growth. Cutting back on the light will help as Matt suggested.
Posted 27 November 2017 - 09:50 PM
Posted 27 November 2017 - 11:23 PM
Posted 28 November 2017 - 05:22 AM
Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:58 PM
What exactly do you mean by "slime algae"? If it's a blue-green slime (Phormidium, Oscillatoria, etc) I don't know of any animal that reliably eats it, and it can get by with surprisingly little light. Floating plants (Pistia, Limnobium, Salvinia, Najas) might be a good way to weaken it's advantage. Limiting nutrient input is obviously NOT a feasible strategy with ever-hungry sunfish.
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