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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Spirogyra Algae?

Hi,

Last week, I just purchased some new Java Moss from my LFS. It was very green and very healthy. However it had some green strands growing on it.

Not knowing what it was, I briefly put it in my tank and removed it after a few days. I now have it in a bucket.

I think it might be Spirogyra Algae after looking at other posts. Can someone confirm this by the picture?

I only paid $4 for the moss, if it is Spirogyra should I just toss it instead of wasting time and money trying to get rid of it? I hate to do that as it is a really nice piece of Java Moss but it seems it will cost more than $4 in my time and supplies to get rid of it.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
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Are you sure it's not Utricularia gibba?
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Are you sure it's not Utricularia gibba?
There's no little 'pods' on the strands like u gibba has


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They look too fine to be Spirogyra Algae. I actually had these growing in my moss. My solution was I dipped them for 3 mins in 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide to 5 parts water and the algae stopped growing/died after 1 week. This is without any help from a fish on cleaning up the algae after the dip.

You can try my solution and see if that works. I would suggest trying to figure out how to get rid of it as this is a pretty common thing with mosses.
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They look too fine to be Spirogyra Algae. I actually had these growing in my moss. My solution was I dipped them for 3 mins in 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide to 5 parts water and the algae stopped growing/died after 1 week. This is without any help from a fish on cleaning up the algae after the dip.

You can try my solution and see if that works. I would suggest trying to figure out how to get rid of it as this is a pretty common thing with mosses.
Thanks, I can try that.

Any idea what it is?
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I recently found the same strands on some christmas moss I obtained. It feels firm like a plant and not soft and stringy like hair algae. It reminds me of macroalgae, Has anyone figured out what this is? Did you dispose of it with peroxide J2d2?
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I recently found the same strands on some christmas moss I obtained. It feels firm like a plant and not soft and stringy like hair algae. It reminds me of macroalgae, Has anyone figured out what this is? Did you dispose of it with peroxide J2d2?
alibird, I was not able to get rid of it. The peroxide had no effect on it.

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I would not chance it. Just get rid of it.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-30-2014, 06:36 AM
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I believe I have the same thing. How do you get rid of it?
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Look around, multiple threads talk about it.

If you want to remove it, use a product called "Algaefix" by API. But you first have to eliminate the source of problem if you don't want it to come back.

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