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I bought a used tank and it's a temporary home for my tetraodon mbu (giant puffer).

This bright dark green algae started growing and it's nasty. I haven't seen it before.

What is it and how do I get rid of it.

 

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its blue/green algae, you'll find it creates a mat like surface.

best way I've found of removing it is to stir it all up, then syphon as much out as possible. and repeat.

best way of getting rid of it is
1) manual removal
2) higher water flow
3) competition fast growing plants will help

I have had trouble with this in tanks with substrates in (when I'm using air filters) the bare bottom tanks seem to grow "proper" algae, and I have no problems with BG algae in them
 

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Bluegreen algae is a cynobacteria ... which thrives at low light so in this instance lowering light won't help. It will outcompete green algae at low light levels. Ironcially raising the light will help. Eurythromacyn (sp.?) is pretty effective but overkill and a last resort. Psyco's suggestions above I'd deffinately try first before resorting to meds.
 

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Yeah, Psycho's right. that is BGA.

If it's a temporary tank, probably best to not worry about it. It won't hurt the puffer.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

This algae sure grows fast. I will just siphon out as much as I can with each water change. I know the sand is really dirty. This tank was over-stocked and under-filtered for a long time. I might just siphon the sand out too.

I hope I can keep it from getting started in my other tanks.
 

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A good way is to "quarantine" this tank equipment wise. If you have something pesky in one of your tanks and you're using the equipment on all of them, it's only a matter of time before it gets a hold on the others.
 
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