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Old 21-06-2014, 09:10 AM
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My poor Tesla's tank is ALWAYS covered in algae. I don't know what to do at this point, I'll clean it out, and the next day it's green. I've tried algae treatments, and they do little, and short of sticking a pleco in a tank too small, I'm running out of ideas.

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Old 21-06-2014, 12:01 PM
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Hey all!
My poor Tesla's tank is ALWAYS covered in algae. I don't know what to do at this point, I'll clean it out, and the next day it's green. I've tried algae treatments, and they do little, and short of sticking a pleco in a tank too small, I'm running out of ideas.

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Did the shop sell you the algae treatment or did you buy this of youre own decision?
How big is the tank?
How old is the tank?
Stocking Level?
Are you using tap water?

Then you may get some help after sharing more details!
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Old 21-06-2014, 01:05 PM
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I got the "green water control" (I think it was called that), from Wilkos. I think it was a load of rubbish, though.
I don't remember the exact size, 50L I think.
Tank is about a year old.
One male Betta splenden
Yes, I'm using tap water.

This has only been an issue since I got a new Betta :/ My previous Betta had everything pretty much the same, and algae was never an issue.
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Old 21-06-2014, 01:33 PM
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I got the "green water control" (I think it was called that), from Wilkos. I think it was a load of rubbish, though.
I don't remember the exact size, 50L I think.
Tank is about a year old.
One male Betta splenden
Yes, I'm using tap water.

This has only been an issue since I got a new Betta :/ My previous Betta had everything pretty much the same, and algae was never an issue.
you can keep a bristle nose plec in there, as well as a few otocinclus. also, try esha protalon-707.
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Ooh, can I? I always thought all bottom feeders would need huge tanks! Thank you for that, I'll arrange a fish buying day with my mum (she loves fish haha)
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Ooh, can I? I always thought all bottom feeders would need huge tanks! Thank you for that, I'll arrange a fish buying day with my mum (she loves fish haha)
no, you can keep a few cory cats in there, also some of the smaller botias. & there are some very colourful dwarf plecs you could keep (but many of them aren't good algae eaters- the BN plec is best for that).
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Old 21-06-2014, 11:00 PM
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If there's an algae problem, it means there's something wrong with the tank. Personally I don't agree with adding chemicals to the water to mask the original problem.

Adding more fish to eat the algae will increase the amount of phosphates in the water which the algae thrives off, negating the whole reason you got the fish in the first place. Also, bristlenose plecs eat very little algae when mature, and very few fish will eat any green spot algae.

What lighting does the tank have? and does it ever get any natural light?
What's your cleaning schedule? You say you use tap water - do you use a dechlorinator when adding fresh water to the tank? Do you vacuum the gravel? Wash the filter?
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