This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. We are after as many aquarium plant images that we can get, doing so will assist us in completing the aquarium plant database.

    https://barrreport.com/threads/aquatic-plant-images-wanted.14374/
    Dismiss Notice

Need help IDing this Alga

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by tv205, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. tv205

    tv205 Junior Poster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2005
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
    Hi everyone, I've been a member for a couple years, but I think this is my first post. I was wondering if the alga i've attached pictures of is staghorn. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I set up a new tank (120 gal, 4x96W PC - Lots of light, but I inject CO2 using a mazzei and religiously dose EI) and I added a bacterial innoculant for ponds instead of one for aquariums, and within 2 days i had this alga growing everywhere. It can grow about 3-4 inches per day. I use a DC (KH4), and since i have no fish in the tank yet, i have increased CO2 to keep the DC yellow. The pictures don't indicate this clearly, but it is a dark brown colour, and i was under the impression staghorn was green-grey. Thanks for your help, and any suggestions on it's elimination!
     
  2. rich815

    rich815 Guru Class Expert

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    0
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
  3. tv205

    tv205 Junior Poster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2005
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
    Thanks for the reply. I have never had brown hair algae before, and this stuff branches quite a bit (as i have read staghorn does), but the stuff i've had in past perhaps wasn't hair algae? Thanks!
     
  4. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    0
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
    Hi,
    It looks more like diatom algae to me which is typical in newly setup tanks. If you keep the lighting low (50%) and do large multiple water changes for a few weeks it will normally go away. Be sure to dose after each water change.

    Cheers,
     
  5. aquabillpers

    aquabillpers Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2005
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    3
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
    I'd vote for some kind of hair algae. Whatever it is, if the tank is well planted and healthy, it should soon disappear.

    Good luck!

    Bill
     
  6. tv205

    tv205 Junior Poster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2005
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Local Time:
    3:53 AM
    Thanks for your help, i'll keep up water changes and dosing (and reduce light some).
     
Loading...

Share This Page