Weird red algea?

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Chono008
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Weird red algea?

Post by Chono008 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:23 am

I've got a hillstream tank for quite some years now.
Including high flow and oxygen ofcourse.
But i've always got these ugly red algea on my rocks and plants.
I wouldn't mind it if it was green but red isn't really appealing.
The tank gets a waterchange every week for about 20% / 30%
The fish are doing fine and seem to enjoy the algea.
There's also some beard algea but thats not the biggest problem, my stiphodons love to graze in it.
And i could remove the rocks and clean them but the red algea would be back in about a couple of weeks.
Does anybody have an idea what this is or how i could make it more green?
Or does everybody got this in their tanks and do we need to live with it?

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Bas Pels
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Re: Weird red algea?

Post by Bas Pels » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:07 am

I've had the same, but I can't say I dislike this kind of algae

If you do, you might change something in the tank, favouring another kind of algae - but this might take some time to change

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Re: Weird red algea?

Post by NancyD » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:19 am

I've had this kind of alga too & I don't mind it either. My fish graze on it & it doesn't seem to take over in any way.

I, at first, thought you meant black beard alga, I have that in 1 tank (sigh).
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Bas Pels
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Re: Weird red algea?

Post by Bas Pels » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:22 am

Black beard algae are another matter indeed. It´s been a long time since I had them, but I don´t know anymore how I got rid if them

Chono008
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Re: Weird red algea?

Post by Chono008 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:37 am

Thanks !

At least i know its nothing bad.
And as long the fish love it its ok i guess.

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Re: Weird red algea?

Post by NancyD » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:06 am

Well, it's only if YOUR fish eat, lol. Not all do.
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