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    Senior Member thien's Avatar
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    algae dusting on glass

    Hi,

    After cleaning the front glass with a magnetic thingie, is the film/dusty algae suppose to come back? Mine comes back after 2-3 days. Is that normal? Do I have a nutrient problem??

    Does everyone clean their glass every 2-3 days??
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    thien

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    Once every 2 weeks, snails need something to eat.

    I find that flow plays a big part in where the stuff your talking about grows.

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    I clean mine maybe every other week. If you are cleaning it every two to three days you do have a nutrient problem. You could be overfeeding.

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    hmmm...so over the course of 2 weeks, how much algae are we talking about? Is yours just spotty in areas or do you have an even coating?

    It's not like I can't see the fishies anymore, but it's more than before. I've been feeding flakes more often lately...maybe it's that?
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    thien

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    Very light even coating, can only see where the snails are eating. Maybe you can back off feeding as much flakes as you do and see if that helps.

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    Thien,
    In a marine environment, if you can show me something that in't alive and algae does "not" grow on it, then I'll show you a tank with veeeery low salinity!!

    Don't worry, it's very normal for it to start coming back ever so slightly the very next day even. When people are saying they have some and they clean once a week, twice a week, once every 2 weeks, it's all relative to what they think is dirty among maaaaany other variables in their tank.

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    I clean my glass (quickly just with the magnet) every day. It's just the powdery green stuff but I like to keep it really clear. Besides, this stuff is a type of live phytoplankton and good food for the tank!

    Mine is like you mentioned, you can only see it where the snails (or my lawnmower blenny) were at it. I figure every snail cleaning the glass is one not cleaning the rocks or sand.
    Susan

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    Susan,
    I can see you now. Standing over the snails with a slave driving whip, yelling.., "INFIDELS...,GET BACK TO YOUR POSITIONS"!!!!

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    ahhh...ok, good to know.
    thanks.
    thien

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    Heh, I'm going to have to look around for a little snail whip
    Susan

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