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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Green soupy bubbly surface algae! EW!

Surface goo, I love it

It's not an oily film it's a green surface scum that if left for a few days grows into a bubbling seething pulsating mass!

Well maybe it doesn't pulsate but it looks like it should.

What's causing this? I've CO2 cranked, dosing dry, and it just appears, over night!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 05:08 AM
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I pulled out a bunch of this from my balcony container garden today. Maybe higher heat? I wish I knew what to tell you. It IS rather nasty, all bubbly looking like some primordial monster might crawl from it - eww!

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I've gotten it too in my tank, only on floating plants and only at the surface, I don't have an ID, but the good news is it is easy enough to remove and it doesn't grow anywhere but on the surface- its never taken over like some other types
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Invest in a uv sterilizer.... it will be gone in three days and you and turn it off after that. It sometimes is a normal cycle of things, and isn't harmful, but you get tired of looking at the green-soupy mess. It will resolve on its own, but it may take weeks...and no one likes to look at the goopy mess that long, so a UV sterilizer will zap it in 3 days and you can resume your normal life.


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n .n.n.nnoormal life?


what's that?

I've been belting the tank a lot with fans, increased ferts and higher CO2, and voila, the problem is going away!

Less proteiny foods help, but basically I think it's just the plants growing properly that's hidering algal growth

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Likely a cynobacteria.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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I seriously doubt that it's a cyanobacteria.

It's say it's probably more closely related to green water than cyano.

Given that I've had outbreaks of BGA in my other tanks and I know what I'm dealing with, and the tank is bombed with KN03, and that it's BRIGHT green, and doesn't smell points more to GW.

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