I have a big staghorn outbreak in my tank. Actually, I have all kinds of different algae in my tank, but the others are mostly under control. The staghorn is growing on my plants like kudzu, everything is starting to look fuzzy. One of my micro swords looks like a green-grey cotton ball. I removed some plants and cleaned them as best I could, then dipped them in H2O2, cleaned them, dipped them, cleaned them, replaced them. Those plants seem to be doing okay, but I have some with deep root systems that I don't want to tear up and I can't seem to get them clean. The algae is so difficult to get off, and it is impossible to remove from the leaf edges. I know the key to algae is supposed to be light, CO2 and filtration, but is there a treatment specific to staghorn? I mean, it's kind of pretty by itself, but it's taking over.
Here are my tank details:
96 watt compact flourescent light, on for 9 hours (3 hour siesta in the middle of the day)
Eheim 2217 filter
DIY CO2 (three bottles)
Drop checker is grass green
Heater at 78 degrees
Fairly heavily planted, with lots of wood.
Flourish once a week
Just got some Ecel, started using it every other day.
Fish: cory cats, bolivian rams, serpae tetras