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Wood near surface get covered in algae?

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Mark Lem, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Mark Lem

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    Planning some landscape ideas for new tank, and was wondering if you place driftwood near surface and thus closer to lightings and higher par, are you asking for algae to cover the wood?
     
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    yes, but its also the easiest to get rid of, when doing a water change, spray with diluted excel or glut at a 3 parts water - 1 par excel/glut, wait a few minutes and refill tank, by next day it should be dead and easy to clean off wood...

    I have had this happen with a couple tanks where the lights were right on top of the wood that came to the surface or just near it...
     
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    Anytime you do a good sized water change the wood dries out, the algae shall die.
    Excel, H2O2 etc can help that along, in otherwords, it is a non issue.

    My 120 Has lots of wood right at the surface, never had even a minor issue and the PAR is running perhaps 300 or more.
     
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    Hi Mark,

    Alternatively, let the wood gain a beautiful natural green patina of some friendly algae:eek: and provide a little extra filtration, something to suck up that transient ammonia, provide a little extra food, a little nutrient export as it were, a little buffer against nastier algae. :cower:

    Just a thought.:encouragement:

    If you are not yet secure enough in aquarium keeping skills then may I suggest various mosses, a step up from algae and socially, more acceptable amongst the great unwashed masses.:)

    It just seems the constant application of a biocide cannot be, well, healthy.:nonchalance:

    Biollante
     
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    It seems to me the unwashed masses would be more partial to algae... ;)
     
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    This Could Help Explain A Few Things…

    Hi Shawn,

    Hmmm…:confused: Maybe why I like it:) and no one likes…:(

    Biollante
     
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