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Discussion in 'Algae' started by EChord, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It's not a great pic (taken with my phone), but this hitch-hiked in on some plants, and I know I saw a thread somewhere with an ID for this before, but I can't remember what it is, and I can't find that post. It's basically a very long thin stem with nodes. At each node is a little ball shape, and two little 'hairs'/stems that grow out of it. I've been picking it out anytime I find a piece, but was hoping for more info. :)

    Thanks!


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  2. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    looks like staghorn. colorless or at least not green, thicker than hair algae and branching. Generally a sign of too much light or not enough CO2. Easily taken care of when a good balance of light and CO2 is reached. An overdose of excel for a few days will kill it. Its also not too tough to remove manually.
     
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  4. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It's a truly bad pic, I know it makes it hard to see. I don't think it's staghorn unless it has multiple forms? The nodule is spherical - almost like a bladder, but it doesn't float. Also the two little side shoots never get longer. They almost look like two little hairs at each nodule. It also never attaches/anchors to anything, though I don't know if all staghorn attaches or not.

    I actually did have some staghorn in the 29, and this looks and feels different - more plant-like. Dunno if there's more forms of staghorn, but it doesn't look like the pics. When I get back home (currently traveling), I will try to snap a better shot if I find any more in the tank. I probably will find another strand, but hope springs eternal. lol
     
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    Williams Favourite Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Shawn: Just wondering what "excel" would be?
     
  6. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Williams, Excel is Seachem liquid Co2 Can help combat algae as well :D(y)
     
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    My guess it is Utricularia gibba
     
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  9. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Looked up pics and U. gibba is def what it is - thanks so much for the ID!

    Roy - def don't want it - have been removing anytime I see it. At least it comes out easy enough - doesn't attach. Hoping any remainder will show itself while I'm gone, and I'll be able to get the last of it when I get back.
     
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