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Location: iowa city, IA

PostPosted: 2005.02.23(Wed)21:29    Post subject: rusty algae and hermits... Reply with quote

I've developed an excess of a rusty colored algae growing on well lit areas of rock over the last few days. My snails and hermits have been trying to keep it in check. Will cutting down to 10 hours of lighting a day help to control its growth? Also, I've got a total of 15 small hermits in there (each has a body length of 1cm). I was told that should be fine by my local provider, but I don't want to overdo my bioload. Is it OK to house that many in a 24 gallon tank?
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PostPosted: 2005.02.23(Wed)23:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long are your lights on in the first place that you're planning to cut it down to 10 hours? I don't even leave my lights on for that long in my 75 gallon. I just leave them on for 8 or 9 hours. The amount of lighting in such a small aquarium could be a reason for the algae growing like this. That's all I could think of right now.
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Joined: 16 Feb 2003
Location: New Jersey, USA

PostPosted: 2005.02.24(Thu)14:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a normal algae or more of a slime? I

f its the slime you have an excess of nutrients.

What kind of water are you using? RO/DI, treated tap water, or from the fish store?

Best way to get rid of slime is to siphon it out and do a decent water change. Lower your feeding a bit too. It will keep coming back unless your using Good water. Tapwater has to many phosphates and nitrates already in it.
Don't buy the fish before you know the fish.
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