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Discussion in 'Algae' started by lucasgg, Feb 9, 2012.
I've ran out of excell........
I've never used an algaecide before...its the same as using EM.
You need to add more plants..invest your money there instead of "quick fixes".
I've noticed that the algae has slowed down.
The nitrates have risen 0ppm. Can there be a natural proces to rise nitrates? Or do I have to dosesome kind of nitrate up?(which I don't want to do.:Blah
ok i've found a plant.... Anubias barteri var nana narow leaf
Anubias barteri var. nana 'narrow leaf'
you do not want your nitrates low, plants need nitrates to grow.
You should be dosing a fertilizer like KNO3 (potassium nitrate). I would suggest something faster growing like wisteria instead of the anubias.
the low nitrates is an issue first. Read up on dosing with dry ferts using EI (estimative index) it is very cheap.
Ok I've found a fertilizer that looks good.(according to the reviewer[and me])
LINK: [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Tetra-FloraPride-Fertilizer-8-45-Ounce-250-Ml/dp/B00025K0W6/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331398949&sr=8-1-fkmr1]Amazon.com: Tetra FloraPride Plant Fertilizer, 8.45-Ounce, 250-Ml: Pet Supplies[/ame]
I'm guessing that using any effective fertilizer would do the job....
I've bought a melon sword that is about 5-6 inches tall.
I'm planing to buy some more plants.
I might get more melon swords or another fast growing plant.
I think you methodolgy is fundamentally flawed, also, bga is the easiest of all algaes to kill in my experience (calling it an algae is a misnomer, it's a bacteria) cover the tank with no light or co2 for 3-4 days, a process called a black out and ta-da it's gone. Nitrate or lack of it is the issue, sometimes it's dirty substrates and therefore poor maintenance routine also potentially a lack of flow. Giving the tank a really good clean and keeping the tank spotless is a good place to start as is sorting out dosing and co2, address flow if it comes back.
What about all of my plants?
I hope they will be all right... and no i don't have another tank to put the plants in. unched:
The plants won't notice.
I've not had any BGA issues for decades and if I see it, I know I have not been dosing enough KNO3.
As stated, it's easy to deal with and the goal is a nice thriving planted tank with......plants. So focus there, then any algae issues will be much much easier to address and deal with.
waterchange 2-3 times a week 80% and pour in bacteria every waterchange. Increase macro fertilizer. During waterchange suck up BGA as much as possible
I don't know what to do.....
I've been told to increase my nitrates.
BGA is like Cianobacterya ? I have had Cianobacterya and i got rid off with eritromicina .
Before that way , i'have tried to use EasyLife Blue Exit but it seemed cool water !
Garuf gave you solid advice lucasgg
Agreed, why waste time with antiboitics (which I believe are illegal in america) or expensive chemicals when you can kill it for free and keep it away by addressing the cause of the problem.
Black out, water change then more rigorous cleaning and increase the nitrates, if it comes back repeat and add more flow and/or nitrate.
Thank you so much everyone. I've tried the black out and it worked very well!:loco:
There is no more algae on the drift wood, but there is still a patch of algae in the sand which I could easily vacuum up.
Are there any more things I should take notice of?
No really, keep on top of maintenance increase ferts and it should be gone for good.
My substrate is all sand, so vacuuming out all the gunk out can lead to a small loss of sand.
Do you recommend replacing my substrate with a heavier gravel?
The last time I cleaned out my sand, I made a big mess of my tank and the cleaning process of the sand took a long time. Today, I sucked out some of this brown stuff from under my drift wood and also under the wood were big brown clumps of dead algae, which I broke up and let the filter and power head take care of the small, brown particles
I've done another black out and all of the algae is gone, but the last time I used the blackout technique the algae came back to turn my tank green again.
Sorry for being inactive for so long.
Can you post a large picture up and re-out line what your co2, dosing, turn over etc is.
If we can see your tank in its entirety then we can help better.
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