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Discussion in 'Algae' started by BigAL777, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Can anyone help me to identify and eradicate this algae?
     

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  2. J Art

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    What's your setup? lighting, co2, ferts, etc? I probably won't be much help, but others will be able to jump in with more info.
     
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    Looks like black beard, but that's my typical first impression.
     
  5. BigAL777

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    3x 13w cfl bulbs, co2, 20g aquarium, flourish ferts.
     
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    Description
    Strands of fine green or brownish threads which are soft and slimy.
    Cause Low CO2 and poor water flow. Low nutrient levels. General lack of maintenance.
    Removal Increase CO2 levels and check nutrient dosing. Give the tank a good cleaning. Overdosing Excel, EasyCarbo or TNC Carbon should also clear it. Amano shrimp will eat it.
    http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm


    Not only must you remove it you fix what is causing the algae.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. ShadowMac

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    How old is the tank?

    Does the algae come of easily when siphoned? or is it caught up in everything and very difficult to remove?

    If easy to remove it is a filamentous diatom bloom....if tough to get out then its some type of algae and it will be a battle to get rid of, but doable.
     
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    Try to syphon it off into a fine filter material to collect it than put the water back via a strainer packed with filter wool to make sure it does not go back into your tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. BigAL777

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    It's stuck to the carpet plants pretty well. I'll do a large water change and switch out the co2 bottle. I'm wondering if turning one of the 13w lights off will help speed the process up.
     
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    No matter what you try you will still have to remove it from the tank dead or alive.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help!
     
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    Glad we could help you, let us know how things work out.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Reducing the light would definitely help.

    If you do not have shrimp or other inverts you could use Algaefix. Or you could add a bunch of Amano shrimp to eat at it, too.

    I'd remove as much as possible prior to making all your changes.

    All important details in trying to determine what might be going on...
     
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    Since it is stubborn to remove, I do not think it is filamentous diatoms. Those can get ugly fast, but are easy to remove and will go away once their cause is fixed.
     
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    I'm going to have to cut and uproot more than half of my carpet plants because this stuff has grown into and through my plants. And if I'm going through all that trouble I might as well rescape the tank.
     
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    That's one way to remove it. Be sure to fix the cause of it or you may end up with the same problem. Algae is in every tank, if given the opportunity to grow out of control it will

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Thanks, I think it was my co2 tank was empty
     
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    That'll do it every time

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    That was my first thought remove all the infected plants and do a rescape but I thought if I said that at first it would be a big Shock Horror for you.

    I did say earlier you must find the cause and fix that.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I already started rescaping the tank, I'm just waiting for some new plants to come in the mail. I might start a little blog on here once I plant the new stuff.
     
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