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    Hello everyone. I'm a first time fish keeper, I just started in December last year. I have a 30l tank with 11 small fish, 3 black neon tetras, 4 head and tail light tetras, 2 guppies and 2 albino Cory's. Also I just recently got an assassin snail.
    Looking forward to interacting with you all!
    Here's a picture of my tank, unfortunately I'm struggling at the moment with suspended algae, so it's quite murky still

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    Hi, And welcome to the Forum

    That's quite a heavily stocked tank.
    How often do you do water changes and what % ?
    Try upping that and see if it helps.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. A lot of knowledge around.

    1st thing I will ask is how long are your lights on per day? Anything longer than 8 hours will cause some form of algae.

    2nd thing. The plants in the pots are planted in rock wool. As fish have a tendancy to nibble on this and they can ingest some of it wich is not good for them. Also something I hear was that in the grean houses where they grow most of the plants submersde they dump a lot of nutriants into the water to make the plants grow faster. This gets absorbed by the rockwool and when you put it in your tank they release this which can also cause algae.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thank you very much!
    I used to have them on from about 8am till 5pm, but since it's gone green I've been keeping the lights off. I was also told to lant out my plants, so I want to get more gravel of a darker color and I'll replant it then.
    I was also told an ozone filter will help. Any thoughts on that?
    Also my tank is freshwater
     
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    An ozone filter isn't a bad idea.
    But if the algae is being caused by a water quality issue, it's best to get on top of that first.

    @pierreschoonraad has given good advice re the plants and lights etc.
     
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    I change water every week, and I take out about a 3rd of the water, and in the beginning I had what I believe was black algae on my 1 plant (I don't know the name) but I found I could scrub it off. So since then I scrape all sides of the tank for algae, and I scrub the rocks and broad leaves of my plant. I do this about once a month.
     
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    Also recently I've noticed tiny things on the Glass, they have a small stalk that's attached to the glass, and 2 little arms that flow in the water current. These arms look like feathers.
    In the picture you can see them against the black of the plant pot. Could this have anything to do with algae, or am I looking at another issue?

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    Hard to say without a closeup, but sounds like Hydra.
    Usually harmless unless you have very small fry.

    Fish should take care of them in due course, or just scrape them off the glass.
     
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    Oh that's actually quite cool!
    Thank you!
     

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