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Author Topic: Algae on brig's shell, good/bad/neutral?  (Read 4103 times)
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« on: February 01, 2008, 02:23:40 PM »

My snail has 2 types of algae growing on his shell, the standard green algae, which I have no problem with, the other type is black beard algae, which I don't want =(

Is there any way I can get it off of him? Should I leave it? I'm worried he may be transferring it to the plants in the tank. I had a huge outbreak of it and lost 2 plants completely to it. I'm sure too he got it from the plants as well as he spends a lot of his time climbing them and what not.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008, 02:30:10 PM »

Do you have other snails/shrimp in the tank?  It might help.  My critters are constantly cruising over each other and I bet keeping the shells of their tankmates clean.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008, 02:51:46 PM »

Sadly I do not. I only have the brig with a betta and some golden white clouds. I'd say at this point, no room for shrimps or anything else in the tank either.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008, 02:56:55 PM »

What size is the tank? A single spixi might work.  You wouldn't want two because if you got the opposite sex they multiply like mad and I wouldn't wish that on anybody.  uhoh
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008, 03:15:54 PM »

it's a 5 gal hex.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008, 04:42:56 PM »

what about an amano shrimp?
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008, 06:01:41 PM »

You can gently scrub his shell with a soft bristle tooth brush. Be very careful and very gentle. The algae will not harm his shell, but the black beard algae really needs to be scrubbed off.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008, 06:13:17 PM »

If I go about scrubbing, would I scrub him out of water or in water?
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2008, 01:22:32 AM »

Pull him out of the water and scrub his shell while it's still wet. If you need to you can dip the brush back in some tank water to keep it wet. Gentle scrubbing only. happy
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