Algae ID - Start of GHA or normal film?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by TravisVT, Nov 1, 2013.

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  1. TravisVT

    TravisVT Fire Worm

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    Is this just a build up of film algae? I normally scrape off the front and sides of my tank every 3-4 days(I have never scraped the back) or is the start of some really bad GHA? I have a few turbo snails that will hang out on the back panel but they dont seem to eat it. I plan on doing a large water change this weekend, should I scrape this off during that time or let it be? The appearance doesn't necessarily bother me, I just don't want an outbreak of bad algae.

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Looks like green film algae to me and I bet the snail are indeed eating it at night. Try some other algae eaters like limpets, stomatella, certh, astraea.
     
  4. Zackaphyllia

    Zackaphyllia Plankton

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    How long is your light cycle currently?

    But more than likely it is nothing out of the ordinary, if the tank is decently new it is likely due to what i call "new tank syndrome". Many fluctuations of parameters go on during the initial months of a tank and these often lead to algae blooms that are not caused by a fault of your own. it is sometimes just nature taking measures into her own hands