Hair Algae Problem - Phosphate In Chardon & Cleveland Hts
Edited down from previous post that was sarcasm run amok.
Water from Cleveland Heights and Chardon tested rather high for phosphates when using an API test kit. This seemed to be causing my hair algae problem which only accelerated from water changes instead of lessening, prior to testing.
Picked up some Seachem Phosguard, put it in the canister and the hair algae has thinned by a very substantial margin, which flying foxes are having a feast with the remnants. The Phosguard has not caused any adverse effects to my plants. In fact, the mosses and swords have seemed to deepen and brighten it's green. I suspect the hair algae was hindering the plants ability to absorb CO2/O2, thereby causing the small melting and browning.
So, if you're in NE Ohio and end up with hair algae, consider a chemical solution in small amounts for phosphorus removal.
The longer I'm involved in this hobby the more & more I'm convinced that Bio-Type species tanks are the way to go. Plants and fish/inverts live together in nature for a reason. I find the less I try to fight nature the better my tanks look.
- DogFish 1.24.12
Last edited by Java Moss; 02-28-2011 at 01:41 AM.