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Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby DRose1836 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:15 am

Is it ok to clean algae up during the cycling stage or will it effect the cycle. Any advice is appreciated. I currently have a ton of brown algae on my rocks and starting to get on my glass.
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Re: Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby Old Newbie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:05 am

I would not clean the rocks or glass while cycling; bacteria colonize on those as well as in the filter.
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Re: Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby DJRansome » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:25 am

Agree. The beneficial bacteria grow on surfaces like rocks and glass. You don't want to remove any.
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Re: Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby DRose1836 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:01 am

Ok thanks, I'm assuming once the tank is cycled most of that will go away or I'll have to get a pleco for algae clean up
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Re: Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby ironspider » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:24 am

DRose1836 wrote:Ok thanks, I'm assuming once the tank is cycled most of that will go away or I'll have to get a pleco for algae clean up


Mine never went away on it's own. Love having the Pleco though, keeps everything nice and tidy.
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Re: Brown Algae, cleaning Algae during cycling stage.

Postby DJRansome » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:10 am

It can take many months after the fish are in to disappear, but eventually it will.
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