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what type of Algae is this?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by craig20102010, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. craig20102010

    craig20102010 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here's another photo of it close up. uploadfromtaptalk1461787557272.jpg

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    If you reffering to the white strand that mean your hair algae problem solved they died when they coloured white...if you reffering to the green one i think it was green dust algae...you van manually remove it by scrapin them or add otto fish, borneo sucker, or CAE/SAE

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    I am referring to the strands yes. They still seem to be pretty alive to me lol.

    They still seem to be growing at the hc level and when you pull it out its still green.

    I'll just have to keep trying to remove it but I'm pretty sure it's still growing.

    I'm going to keep dosing carbon at double the rate while I'm removing it

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    Be careful adding anything to your tank.

    Do you definitely know what caused the Algae in the first place if so has that been fixed?

    Personally I would invest in getting a school suitable fish to finish the job for you.

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    craig20102010 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm not too sure what caused the issue but I think it may of been high nutrients with high light from an old bulb. Both have been sorted out now.

    I was under the impression nothing ate this type of algae apart from amino shrimp and I'm sure my lfs struggle to get these in stock.

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    I think there is a very good general aquarium forum in the UK you might be able to buy some privately.


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    yudagas Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have asking my friend they suggest yes amano in the first and a pack of Siamese Algae Eater also Otocinclus afinis to clean your algae in aquarium wall ( look for the smaller one for the fish )

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    Keep us updated please.

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    so today i managed to find a fish shop that sold amano shrimp and the Otocinclus afinis. I bought 5 of the shrimp and one of the Otocinclus afinis. I have one of these in my other tank at my other address and hes done just find in that tank.

    Ill see how the tank looks in the next 5 days and maybe try have another go at removing more of the hair algae. Might be a bit easier to just use the scissors to cut the tangled parts in the HC to save pulling any more of it out.
     
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    Good luck

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    The Ottos prefer to be in a small school and the smaller the school the more they will hide.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    i will probably buy another 3 of them next week when i have time. Hopefully this will be enough to give them the confidence they need to be seen more often. At the moment iv kept one bulb turned on for now but iv swapped it over to the other bulb which isn't as intense light. Its more of a tropical colour and shows up as more red then white. This appears to of toned down the intensity a bit as now the HC doesn't Pearl with this one bulb. Ill see how this does for the 5 days that im off. Ill keep you posted.
     
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    Why don't you use LED light?? They look more bright, less power, and heatless [​IMG]
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    Iv got led on my other tank and they get very hot but iv had to supplement them with another two t5 bulbs as they're not powerful enough for the tank but it's a size issue. My lights are more then adiquit for the job of this smaller tank though. Thanks for the suggestion.

    What's all the fans for on that light set? To cool the water?


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    You certainly have a bank of fans there.

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    Let us know if adding extra Otos helps.

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    another update on the tank after two weeks.

    I cut the lighting to just the one tropical bulb and left the lighting period for 6 hours.

    since coming back there has been no further growth of the hair algae. Certainly after this period it would of been all over the tank.

    The down side is the plants have also suffered due to only having the tropical bulb on and there hasn't been hardly any growth of the plants either. Leaves have stripped at the lower levels and some have uprooted.

    iv done a large 50% water change and also cleaned the filter and pipes out. Iv also tried to remove any more of the left over hair algae although this has been hard due to the HC not having as strong roots to hold its self in. Iv swapped the bulb over to the other 24w fluval T5 which is more of a white colour and for some reason the plants seem to do better under that single bulb.

    Ill leave this now for another 2 weeks and see what the situation is with the algae. Fingers crossed that its died off enough so that it doesn't grow back under the bulb switch over. Im hoping i can eventually go back to using the two 24w bulbs again so i can bring out the colours again.

    I still havnt had time to go out and buy another Otto but i know that the one i have is still alive and kicking along with all of my shrimp that i bought so im very happy with that.

    Heres some photos of the progress:

    So this is before the water change:
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    This is after i done the sorting out and the water changes.
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    Ill try get another one from today since the water is still a bit cloudy on them last photos
     
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    One from today:
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    Photos where are they?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Strange theyre working fine for me them photos.

    Should be sorted now Keith?
     
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