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Default Re: Stubborn Algae

The maracyn is an broad-spectrum antibiotic so you leave the fish & the plants in your tank. Even tho you can't see it the algae is on the plants. Thats how I got the algae in my tank to start with. Real bugger to get rid of but the maracyn got rid of it in 4 days with only 2 treatments. Just dose as the box says for your size of tank wait 2 days & dose again. I did a water change the 5th day. You do not have to take your carbon filters out as most meds say too. I didn't & it still killed off the algae. Worked great. I don't think you need to do this with store bought plants, but if you get any plants from other sources other than your LFS ya might want to put them in a small contaner & dose them just to be sure. This is what I'll start doing as treating a 2 gal tank verses treating a 120 gal is a big diffrence, as the maracyn is a little pricey.
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I have a 120gal tank. I never wipe down the glass. I have 2 brissel nose long fin plecos & 1 cae & they are the best algae eaters I have ever had. When I picked up my fry 2 weeks ago I also picked up another brissel nose baby for my 14gal tank. They are just awsome.
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Unfortunately, cyanobacteria can come from almost any source. The maracyn is erythromycin (spell). There are several other meds that contain erythromycin that are equally effective. I dissolve the recommended dose in a 1/2 pint of water and put it in a big baster. I squirt clouds of the solution over the affected areas so that it falls on the cyano. It will eventually dilute thru out the tank, but the strong solution directly on the cyano works faster. Irregardless of what the instructions say, some of the beneficial bacteria in the tank will be affected, so watch the ammonia levels. After medicating with this type of stuff, always do water changes and use activated carbon filtration!!

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Many may disagree, but I think otos and the other so called algae eaters are not very good at eating algae.


Well, as I said, they went to town on the soft green stuff. But the hard stuff that remains seems too tough - especially since I had to scrape it off rather than brush it....
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I actually find Otos quite good for eating brown algae(not really an algae, I know) and the soft green algae, as well.
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You can't rely on the poor old fisheys to do all the tank cleaning.......Having to actually "scrape" off stubborn algae is just part of the job of keeping your tank pretty and healthy for them.

Now, I am going to crank up the riding lawn mower and cut my lawns. No fish to help me there!!

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I had a hard time finding a scraper, believe it or not. Brushes of all sorts, the magnet cleaners....but just today I found a scraper (other than my fingernail which wasn't going to work as a solution...). My tanks are acrylic so that made the choices more limiting.
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