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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Algea Attack!!

We went to Taos over the weekend and apparently the house sitter left the tank lights on ALL WEEKEND....not just a 2 day but 3 day weekend!

I have algea all over EVERYTHING! I have ordered Flourish Excel but don't want to add any new fish to my tank. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

I forgot to mention what type of algea, from this site it is a combo of BBA, staghorn, and a little Cladophora, Blanket Weed tossed in for good measure.

I live in the middle of NO WHERE, and I haven't been able to get my hands on any amanos, all I have been able to get are ghost shrimp.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 08:36 PM
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... Does anyone have any other suggestions?
(1) Manually remove as much algae as possible and perform 50% water changes 2x a week until the algae begins to recede.

(2) Increase plant density - an easy way to do this is to add some floating plants.

(3) Dose 3x the regular dose of Excel for your tank size and don't forget to double dose with every water change. If you are injecting co2, make sure that you have stable C02 levels(use drop checker to test).

(4) Reduce or split your lighting. If you run your lights for 10 hours go down to 8, or you can split this using a timer. 5 hours on, 2 hours off, and 5 hours on, or 4 hours on, 2 hours off, and 4 hours on. IME, plants continue to do well when you do this but algae does not.

(5) I know that you don't want to add fish, but if your water parameters are normal (no ammonia spikes), consider adding Amano Shrimp. These guys just love most kinds of algae and will greatly help with your clean up efforts.

Above all be patient. With some of the tanks that I set up, things did not come around and I thought of writing off the tanks and tearing them apart. Much to my surprise, after several months, the tanks appeared to stabilize on their own with no major changes on my part, other than the addition of some Amano Shrimp and oto(s). The algae began to disappear after many months when it looked as though it never would.
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It depends on the type of algae you have. I would suggest checking Here. There was another site like this but I cannot remebr where it was, but this would be a good start in getting rid of whatever algae.

Homer, is right about everything. Especially the Amano's. They eat any algae you have. I seen them attack hair algae like it was no other. Good luck.
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I edited my first post to add:

I forgot to mention what type of algea, from this site it is a combo of BBA, staghorn, and a little Cladophora, Blanket Weed tossed in for good measure.

I live in the middle of NO WHERE, and I haven't been able to get my hands on any amanos, all I have been able to get are ghost shrimp.

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You don't use a timer for your lights?

I go on vacations all the time and use a feeder and a timer. No problems!!
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Do you have an peroxide on hand. It doesn't work as jwell as flourish excel but it may help till the flourish excel comes. How much I can't say without pics and dimensions of your tank. It has no side affects for fish. Perhaps doing daily water changes would help.

Being patient is the best advise. For I have seen some tanks that have algae bloom and the plants survive.

If it is really bad you could do a blackout. Side affect of that is that plants than need high light will die and afterwards there are toxins from the dead algae. Thus you have to do a major water change .
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My local (and only) LFS in town got Flourish in their shipment today. 100ml for $7 OUCH!!! from Big Al's it is $5.50 for 250ml.

Here is my plan, how does it sound?
  1. 50% water change tonight
  2. pull off as much aglea manually
  3. add 3x as much excel as recommended (along with normal amount of Prime)
  4. add 2x recommended excel tomorrow and everyday thereafter

Thoughts?

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The Excel did the trick, I have NO algea left in the tank!

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 07:23 PM
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If only excel worked on thread algae as well lol

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 10:57 AM
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If only excel worked on thread algae as well lol
IME, Amano Shrimp will devour it in a hurry. And many say that Black Mollies(just don't get a female or you could end up with a "lot"of fry if she is pregnant) and Florida Flag Fish will also devour it.
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