algae on plants - The Planted Tank Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 190
algae on plants

Hi,

Any ideas how I can remove it? Please see the photo, algae grows on the plants.

This is a cherry shrimp tank..thank you
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG00237-20111221-1101.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	97.8 KB
ID:	39106  


Eheim Pimp Club #487 Ecco 2232
Fluval EBI Pimp #32
baysidefish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 04:28 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Greeley, CO
Posts: 1,945
Algae Question

Hello bay...

Algae is normal in healthy tanks. It feeds on extra phosphates and nitrates in your tank water. The best way to control it's growth, is to remove and replace at least half the tank water every week. The more water you remove and the more often you remove it, the better. Water changes will remove the extra dissolved food in the water.

When you remove the water, plant or float some stem plants, like Water wisteria and Pennywort. These will feed on the phosphates and nitrates that aren't removed by the water change.

By removing it's food source, the algae will shrink and eventually disappear. I have planted tanks that have been running for several years and as the plants grew, the algae stopped growing. I have no visible algae in any of my planted tanks. But, I flush large amounts of pure, treated water through my tanks every 6 to 7 days.

B

"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 190
okay, thanks

Eheim Pimp Club #487 Ecco 2232
Fluval EBI Pimp #32
baysidefish is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 04:39 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
fresh.salty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,956
Lighting? Ferts?
fresh.salty is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 190
this is a 10G tank
PC 24W 7 hours a day
fluval shrimp stratum
co2
flourish trace twice a week

thanks

Eheim Pimp Club #487 Ecco 2232
Fluval EBI Pimp #32
baysidefish is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 05:03 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
fresh.salty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,956
With slower growing plants I think it's harder. Once the algae takes hold I'm not sure the affected growth will ever look clean again without manual removal.
fresh.salty is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 190
okay, I will post back..thanks

Eheim Pimp Club #487 Ecco 2232
Fluval EBI Pimp #32
baysidefish is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 05:32 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by fresh.salty View Post
With slower growing plants I think it's harder. Once the algae takes hold I'm not sure the affected growth will ever look clean again without manual removal.
so its okay to lightly scrub the leaves clean? Glad i found this post
TrueAdrian is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 05:40 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
fresh.salty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,956
Some plants can take it, others obviously not so much. If you're getting good growth you might just trim the worst ones off the plant and wait it out. When they get really bad I don't think they contribute to the plants health anyway.
fresh.salty is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome