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Need help with Algae I.D and advice on what to do!

Discussion in 'Algae' started by medicatingperfection, May 27, 2011.

  1. medicatingperfection

    medicatingperfection New Member

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    Hey there everyone.

    Some background information:

    I have a 75G tank. Originally it housed an Oscar and a couple of convicts. We've recently converted it from a predator tank into a community planted tank. So far we've had terrible luck. First off we got Cyanobacteria (and got rid of it by treating 7 days with Maracyn). Then we got Thread algae (which I think we've recently conquered with cutting back our photoperiod, but we're not sure), and now we have another Mystery Algae that seems to be either eating our plants or causing them to melt.

    Tank stats:
    Stock:
    10 Cardinal Tetras
    10 Rummynose Tetras
    7 Galaxy Rasboras
    10 Oto cats
    10 Amano Shrimp
    5 Red fire shrimp
    3 German Blue Rams
    2 Clown loaches (will be ditching these soon, they were mostly for snail control anyhow).
    3 crypts
    2 dwarf crypts
    1 Java fern
    1 sword
    1 anubias
    1 wysteria
    4 micro swords
    1 frogbit
    1 red plant (unidentified, but not doing well despite high lighting and iron ferts :/)
    3 Jungle Vals
    2 aponogeton of some sort.

    Equipment:
    1 Marineland C360
    1 Fluval 205
    1 koralia powerhead that pushes 425 GPH
    2 10,000K lights
    Peat filtration

    Parameters:
    Ph 6.6-6.8
    NH3/NH4 0
    NO2 0
    NO3 5-10 (water changed weekly to maintain this)
    Dosed once to twice a week with Flourish comprehensive and Flourish Iron.

    This is getting long, but I really don't know what to do, or what I'm doing wrong. We're not running CO2 on this tank. Everything seemed to be thriving until we got the thread algae, at which point the growth slowed to a grinding halt, and it hasn't picked up again since then. I've attached pics to show what I mean by the plants being "eaten" and to show the algae which is on every plant.

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    Thanks for any help you guys can give me in advance!
     
  2. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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  3. medicatingperfection

    medicatingperfection New Member

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    That article says Staghorn algae can be caused by low CO2 levels. I bought a big bottle of Excel and I've been dosing enough for 100G (I have a 75) for the past 3 days. I'm seeing slight improvement in the amount of algae, but leaves on my plants are still being "eaten".

    Should I invest in a CO2 system and a drop checker? They're pretty expensive and I'd rather not spend that much money if I don't have to...
     
  4. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Excel dosing that large of a tank will quickly add up to more than a decent CO2 system. Excel is a carbon source, but not the same as CO2.

    CO2 systems is the best investment you can make if you are serious about planted tanks.

    Either that or reduce your lighting.
     

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