Green spot algae

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  1. HeinrichvH

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    I had a look at the artical about green spot algae.

    I have this in my tank, its in the beginning phase. Its small tiny stubble like hair on the glass about 2mm long.

    Anyone with a tried and tested way of getting rid of this. I see its also i. Some leaves of my plants, but not all of them
     
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    What you are describing sounds more like BBA (Black Beard Algae) than green spot.
    Green spot is a bright, almost emerald green.
    BBA ranges from red, purple through brown, grey and black.
     
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    @Pezulu it is green. It's in the beginning phase it just started i think
     
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    GSA hasn't got hair, its small green dots on the glass and plant leaves.
     
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    I have green spot, it's very stubborn to scrub off. I also have a brownish algae, not black beard but something else. Not hard to get off at all
     
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    The brown stuff is probably diatoms, which are not algae, but a living organism, and can attach to the glass, plants or any decorations in the tank.
    It is easy to wipe off with a piece of filter floss, cloth or even your finger.
    It usually appears in new tanks, and disappears after a while.
    Otocinclus catfish will get rid of it in a few days.
     
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    I was thinking diatoms. I scrub it off, my tank has been set up for 7 months now. Otos will get munched lol
     
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    I had the same problem with the green stuff and it turned out to be cyanobacteria / clado algae. I had to give the tank a good clean out and then rescape after efforts of trying to control it / make it go away failed. Because I have an high-med light, I have reduced from 8 hours to 6 hours a day now - I don't see any more of that green stuff but I still get brown diatoms, not as much as I used to. Most likely because I reduced my lighting period. I had BBA on my buces and it's slowly going away, not sure what I am doing to make it happen but I think dosing less probably played a part as well...
     
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    Why people ask for advice without photos is beyond me? It's like a blind man picking out his favourite porn film...

    IF it is GSA (which it doesn't sound like from your description), increase your phosphates
     
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    The reason I didn't post photos is because the camera does not pic it up, but can be seen with the eye.
     
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    I lol'd.

    It's hard to pick up my algae with a camera as well
     
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    That's why I doubt it's GSA...

    Here's a photo I took of the red mutation on one of my blue jellies...so the focus is on the shrimp, yet...even though it's not in focus...you can still see the GSA on the glass (easily)

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    This is what's on the back of my 60 litre, I'm thinking brown diatoms?
     
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    Is it small spots with little green stubble like things?
     

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