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Re: NFC: Algae control

Dear All,

Thanks for all the quick responses to my question concerning algae control,
folks!  By way of clarification, I should say that while my algae problem is
minor, I do look for the most elegant solutions to these sorts of
maintenance issues. Translation (the lazy-persons approach) and so if an
animal can be found to control what little algae I do have, without having
to raise the water temps., then I say "amen" to that. Besides, it would be
interesting to have some type of shrimp or snail in the tank to provide some
variation. BTW, I run my tanks around 69 to 72 F, so it's not exactly "Brook
Trout" temps. yet certainly cooler than tropical tanks.  The types of algae
I have are the Black Brush (BBA) and  minor growth of some  filamentous,
green stuff. The tank is brightly lit for ten hours/ day, chock-a-block with
plants, receives regular fertilization and water changes (25% per week),

Thanks, Brian
-----Original Message-----
From: Dwight Moody <dwightmoody at hotmail_com>
To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
Date: Thursday, January 07, 1999 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: Algae control

>Flagfish and mollies are good algae eaters at warmer temps.  I use
>Ramshorn Snails (both brown and red) in my tanks to control algae if
>they do not contain herbivorous fish.  The best way to control algae is
>the addition of live plants, which are much better at using up any
>nutrients in the water which are due to overstocking of fish, lack of
>plants or lack of sufficient water changes (10-25% every week or two)
>using a gravel head on the siphon tube to remove uneaten food, feces,
>etc. from the gravel.  This is especially important if you use
>undergravel filtration, which should be cleaned weekly.  For fish which
>require ultra-clean water, power filters or canister filters should be
>coupled with more frequent cleanings/water changes, say twice a week.
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>>From: "Brian T. Perkins" <btpmsi at email_msn.com>
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>>Subject: NFC: Algae control
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>>Dear all,
>>Has anyone faced algae problems in their cooler Native fishtanks? If,
>>what strategies resolved the issue for you?  I understand that Am. Flag
>>Killes eat some forms of algae. Do the "traditional" algae eating fish
>>survive the cooler temps? Snails perhaps? Shrimp?
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