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Algae Id: Hair..beard..thread?

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by nursie, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. nursie

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    I have an outbreak of algae. It started as a few curley threads...pulled off easily. They became more numerous..and spread. I cut off ends of val...and it's exploded..sort of. A lot of my val and corkscrew val have it on th upper few inches. I'd read to twirl it off with a toothbrush..no can do. Tried scraping off with fingernails...if I can without breaking leaves...seems to leave a residue. I don't have any on gravel, sides of tank...anything else. It seems to be kind of a blue green tinged.
    I have a 55 gal tank which I'm dosing as follows:
    15 ml Excel every other day
    5 ml of Flourish 2 x per wk
    5 ml Flourish Iron 2 x per week
    4-5 drops Fleet enema 2 x per week
    15 ml of potassium made from solution of 1 TBSP/300 ml water solution
    3/4 tsp Green lite stump dissolver...dissolved in water.

    I have a 2 bulb regular output fluorecent bulb light strip: I estimate 1.5 wpg.
    I do not use Co2.

    For plants I have:
    corkscrew val
    regular val
    red wendti crypt
    african fern
    3-4 different strains of Java fern on 3 smallish pieces of driftwood.
    duckweed..purely voluntary.

    as a note..I did have hornwort...and decided to get rid if it because it kept growing so fast and obstructed light to the lower levels of the tank. Soon after I got rid of it, is when I noticed the first of this algae, and also some green spot algae. I scraped the green spot off, but missed a couple of spots on the front glass of the tank...it's stayed the same, not grown. Also around this time I had been dosing the Excel 7.5 ml daily, and made the hcange to 15 ml every other day.

    For fish:
    1 starlight bristlenose pleco
    2 boesemani rainbows
    3 kuhli loaches
    3 clown loaches
    3 pearl gourami
    5 otos
    7 harlequin rasboras

    Filtration is a Filstar XP2, with foam, polyester fiberfil, and biostars.
    I do 50% water changes weekly.
    I probably tend to over feed.

    I've had this tank going since the beginning of March..I hate to dig it all up :(
    I just got everything rooted well.
     
  2. weaverr3

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    Re: Algae Id: Hair..beard..thread?

    Sounds to me like the hornwort was a big part of the equation that allowed your plants to out compete the algae. Most of the plants you named, I think are slow growers. I'd guess you would need to cut down your dosing since you removed a serious weed.

    Just my non-expert opinion.
     
  3. nursie

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    Re: Algae Id: Hair..beard..thread?

    I wondered if it was. Should I get some and put back in?
     
  4. Jay

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    Re: Algae Id: Hair..beard..thread?

    Nursie…

    I would recommend doing a search here to find Tom’s post called, I think, “Hair algae, how to get rid of it and keep it away”. Worked wonders for me!!
     
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