Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Excel + Staghorn Algae
I finally got some flourish excel.
I am currently battling staghorn algae in my 55g.
According to Rex Grigg's algae treatment guide, he says staghorn is caused by ammonia + low co2, and solution is remove affected parts, water change, protect filter and excel.
This was probably as some of my panda cories died over the past few weeks, and it took me a while to notice their deaths. So this might have caused increased ammonia as the fish decomposed. I haven't tested any tank parameters in months though. Also, I am still running DIY CO2 as I am out of money for a co2 cylinder. Also, water flow reduced a lot as my canister was quite dirty.
Today I tore down the entire tank, cleaned the filter extremely thoroughly, did about 50% water change. Wow what a surprise. Laundry sick is clogged with mulm. Flow increased dramatically, I added an extra powerhead to keep bottom water constantly mixing so it can be filtered. Turns out my 2-3 stems of blyxa japonica grew into 15+ separatable new stems, 2-3 runners of pygmy chain sword turned into 20 new runners, 1 pot of dwarf saggitaria covered 1/4 of the tank when separated. Dwarf hairgrass was the most affected by staghorn, had to lose about 1/2 of them. So definitely overgrown plants that had to be separated.
I also added a lot more fast-growing stem plants to hopefully suck up the ammonia. Keeping to an EI schedule.
So just wondering, how do I dose the excel? Do I spot treat like w/ a syringe and squirt a little into affected areas? How much do I add in total?