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algae (BGA) are not true algae. They are cyanobacteria. If objects in
the tank are coated with thick sheets of slimy, bright-greenish blue
algae, it may be blue-green algae. It commonly grows in tanks with too
many nutrients. Scrubbing it off and then doing a 50% water change should
help. Do frequent large water changes until it goes away. Reduce the
quantity of fish or food added. The treatment with antibiotics may kill
some or all of the blue-green algae but could also kill good bacteria.
When the treatment is ended, the blue-green algae may return. This stuff
is nasty! It is a beautiful green but slimy and coats everything once
it takes over.
Cause: There are over a 100 species of cyano-bacteria, some thrive in different environments that others. A speaker at a meeting once mentioned that he had two aquaria, with exactly the same setup(Light, heater, same shelf, soil, plants, no fish). One of them developed a blue-green algae plague, the other one was crystal clear. Still, in aquariums that have been running for a while without problems, the occurence of blue green algae is an indication that something is wrong.
Description: Blue green algae can be seen in the picture(s). Besides that you can distinguish them from all other algae by their smell. It's a very distinct smell, which some people find nauseating, while others don't mind it or even like the smell.
Treatment: The first thing to do is to remove the algae, as much as possiblecrIt's one of the hardest algae to get rid of. Even if you do get rid of it, as soon as something is remotely off in the tank, it will reappear from spores.
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