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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Help identifying algae and finding a cure

I need help identifying this algae. My water parameters look good i'm not sure what the problem is.



Water parameters are as follows:

Gh. 5
Kh. 6
Ph averages 6.8 while co2 is on
Running a 20 inch finnex fugeray on a 5 gallon fluval spec
Dosing pps pro daily
Every other day I dose .5ml excel
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

Here is another picture of the tank.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 11:58 PM
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How's the flow around the plants? Is that a drop checker? Move it around the tank.
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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

The flow seems okay. I have the standard pump on the filter as well as a hydor mini running on the other side. The drop checker is reading yellow. I will move it and check different areas of the tank
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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

I think I may have hacked a bit to much durin my last trim. The algae started after I cut the money wart from the top down instead of from the roots.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 03:41 AM
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Looks like staghorn. Manually remove as much as possible. As you probably dread hearing, CO2 is probably your issue. If situation is really bad, do a blackout to really blow the algae back and then add fast growing plants and a lot of them. Make sure you have good flow around the tank. Also reduce lighting.
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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

Can I reduce the photoperiod or do I need to reduce the actual intensity of the light? I'm running the finnex fugeray 20" for 8 hours per day right now.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

I did a massive trim and turned up my CO2. I turned down my photo period from 8 to 6 hours. I also replaced my root tabs. This seems to have stopped the algae growth.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 03:11 PM
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it looks more like hair algae than staghorn, sounds like you are on the right track though

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Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure

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it looks more like hair algae than staghorn, sounds like you are on the right track though
I agree it does look more like hair algae. With the changes I made it seems to be held at bay and my shrimp seem to be cleaning what is left over. It looks like it is turning white instead of green which I think is a good sign.
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the shrimp will gobble it up. The turning white is probably from excel dosing

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