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What Kind of Algae?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by dirrtybirdy, May 28, 2008.

  1. dirrtybirdy

    dirrtybirdy New Member

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    Ever since I moved into my new place, Ive been having hard time with my 10 gallon planted tank. I used to have a full carpet of glosso and now no more. to add to my troubles, there is this weird algae that is growing on my plants, rocks and gravel.

    Can someone help me out. I dont know the parameters of my tank. I probably change the water 20% of the time every week or two. I did a major clipping a few weeks ago and my plants are stunted. I need help!!!

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  2. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    Looks like BGA - Are you dosing ferts and adding CO2?
     
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    I agree, looks like BGA. What filter are you using ? Maybe you need more water movement.

    Are the plants yellow-ish or it's the pic ?
     
  4. dirrtybirdy

    dirrtybirdy New Member

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    I have a DIY filter that been working for almost a year. There is a good amount of water movement in the tank. i dose it with excel almost every day or every 2 days and its been like that for almost a year as well. its since i moved everything start to hit the fan.

    how can I fix this problem?
     
  5. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    No ferts? Nitrate, phosphate ect...

    BGA usually breaks out because of low nitrate (So i heard!)
    I have recomendet people to remove ALL algea, do a large waterchange, dose nitrate to 20ppm and do a 3 day complete blackout followed by a waterchange and regular dosing of complete fertilizers.

    All the people that have done this had good results.
     
  6. Guillermo

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    The lack of ferts Kristoffer mentions is the cause of that yellow-ish color in the plant IMO and contribute to BGA as well. Just another .02 :=]
     
  7. dirrtybirdy

    dirrtybirdy New Member

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    i read about BGA and have read that a black outs are not good for the plants. most will die, i dont think i want to do that. Ill probably get some ferts and add that and see what happens. Thanks for everyones input and help.

    ill update this thread when i see results.
     
  8. XPLOSV

    XPLOSV New Member

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    dirrtybirdy, I have many well planted tanks in the past, shutting it down for 2-3 days wont hurt it from experience. If any thing die during this time it should pick back up really quickly with proper equipment, ie light, c02 or so on...
     

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