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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-01-2009, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Permanent Pearling.....Really Cool

______Algae has basically solidified hundreds of pearling air bubbles to the edges of the leaves for several days now.___________________It looks like regular pearling where the bubbles are about to roll off the edge of the leaf except that the bubbles are stuck there and won't even dislodge if I touch them.___________________These bubbles must have been in place when the light turned off for the night and during the night, a very thin film of algae grew around all of these bubbles. My is actually very tank is clear with very little algae, but these bubbles must have stayed in place long enough because I have no water movement since I rely upon my many plants for filtration. The bubbles look clear, not green, but you can see at the very base of the bubbles a hint of green where they are attached to the leaves. The tank is now always beautiful, even when not pearling because all the leaves have this amazing sparkling ring of bubbles around the edges.___________________Anyone else every had this happen in their tank?___________________(Fauna:4 glowlight tetras, ramshorns and trumpet snails. Flora: anubias, crypt wendtii, java moss, and a marimo ball. Substrate: sand/soil,fine gravel mix, by demineralizing method. Hardware: 5 gallon glass tank, 10w stock light, black lid.)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 03:56 AM
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algae pearl too.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 04:53 AM
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Wondering if you might have some bluegreen algae there?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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I think you might be right about the Blue green algae, as the tank does have a tiny bit of that swampy smell, but it does not seem to be any more than normal. It also coats the top of the leaves of my crypt wendtii, but this does not look bad at can hardly notice it. In addition, one of my ramshorn snails seems to love devouring the stuff. He's cleared an entire big leaf of the stuff. Whatever it is, it does not seem to harm the tank, everything looks great, and the water quality is still spot-on. It seems that all those plants or (algae) seem to suck everything up because my nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia readings are hardly ever distinguishable from 0. (Using test strips) ...but there is that slight swampy smell. hmmm. I guess I won't worry about it as long as everything is still good.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 02:57 AM
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well, i never experienced it personally... but there is a pet store where i visit often and their tanks are...ahem...rather their tanks they have these huge clumps of blue-ish green algae and the strange thing is it actually pearls ALL over, it maybe one of the strangest things ever lol.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 03:11 AM
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It could be algae, or a really bad colony of bacteria. I remember when i worked at a petstore, one of the long time freshwater vets told me about this. All i know is that its really contagious to the point you would have to clean your hands really good before putting it in another tank or it will also start to colonized in that tank. This happend in our huge 500gal grow out for plants.

Anyone know what im talking about? haha
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 06:37 AM
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actually if i think back to where i was at, it looked like bearded algae it was horrible. because the filter current wasn't that strong, it was able to accumulate alot of "pearls."
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