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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2006, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Algae that is easily cleaned

I have this type of algae that has growing lately, but it appears to be only on stagnant areas in my tank, usually on the plants. It can easily be sucked up with my gravel vac without much effort. It's dark green in appearance. Any ideas on what type? I can provide a pic tomorrow if anyone is interested.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2006, 08:51 PM
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Sounds like blue green algae, which isn't really algae, but a bacteria that looks like algae. If it is, you need better water circulation to avoid the stagnant areas, mask off the gravel line and below to keep the light away from it, and make sure you have enough nitrate. A pic would help a lot.

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I'd watch this quite carefully eddie. Mine BGA plague started like this and took off in no time. If you start seeing it more of it on leaves, other measures beside increasing water movement might be needed like increasing nitrate levels. Mine tended to start formed on fine leaved plants first.
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I have had BGA, (still have a little) and have read that is smells musty.
Raise your nitrates and clean off as much as possible before it can get a good hold.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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I've been getting lazy with my planted tank. I want to rescape, but I'm currently moving fish around to different tanks. So I've let some plants just float around. Unfortunately, this has changed the water current and caused some stagnant areas. Those areas have started collecting the algae. I started removing some of my plants, becuase they were not actual aquatic plants, which reduced some of the algae. I'll take some pics and post them tomorrow for confirmation.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 02:19 PM
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If it's BGA,it can be easily treated with Aquarium Products EM tablets. Just half-dose the tank. (1 tablet/20 gals.)

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