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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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what kind of algae is this

can someone tell me what kind of algae is this and how to control it
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 11:04 PM
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It looks like it is growing on your driftwood; is that piece of driftwood new?

New driftwood often tends to grow the strange white fluff that is pictured. While it is aesthetically displeasing, it is harmless. Some fish and shrimp will eat it, or you can manually remove it, though it may come back.

It will disappear on its own with time.

However, I am noticing it on some of your plants too; it appears to be Staghorn algae. What are your water/lighting/CO2/fertilization parameters like?

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Its growing everywhere plants wood and substrate
Water params are
Ph 6.6
P04 3.0
N03 5
N02 0
Ammonia 0
Iron around 1
Co2 probably 20ppm
Lighting is around 4wpg for 6 hrs aday
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I've gotten that algae before, it comes when I add new driftwood to my tank. After awhile, I just gave up after trying for 2 hours. :/

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I have the same thing growing on my Java Moss, Driftwood, and DHG in my new 30 gal. I suspect that it is Rhizoclonium. Earlier today, I took a toothbrush and twirled/brushed as much of it as I could off.
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I have the same stuff by the looks of it, was it a newly set up tank?
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I have the same stuff by the looks of it, was it a newly set up tank?
Yes its getting worse
I've just started day 2 of overdosing it with excell hopefully it works
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I think its a form of diatoms,
http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm
First pic under diatoms looks like hairy brown algae which is what I have.

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what kind of algae is this

Zero light for a few days will get it. That's a lot of algae. But a blanket on it.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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ok so its getting worse tried uping my c02 and double dose with excell but bot working now im also getting bluegreen algae
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WOW its like we have the same tank, I've started dosing with excel to. I also am getting blue green algae.

My drop checker is yellow, I'm not sure if this is a Co2 issue, or a water flow issue, I'm running 2 filters on a 37 gallon over 10X filtration. Only plant that doesn't have any algae is my asian ambulia because it grows so fast I just throw away the old parts that start getting the algae.

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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it deffinitly is diatoms cause it rubbs off it is a new tank so maybe thats it i just vacumn it out as much as i can and hopfully it goes away on its own
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it deffinitly is diatoms cause it rubbs off it is a new tank so maybe thats it i just vacumn it out as much as i can and hopfully it goes away on its own
I'm hoping for the same
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Did a 50% water change and vacumned out almost all diatoms and tank is pearling adjusted my lights down to 6 hrs a day so far day 2 no algae
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