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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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This stuff is driving me nuts!!!

What is it specifically and what steps do I need to get rid of it? It's not like brown algae... it will actually make a blanket over low growing moss and rocks rather than growing directly to it, if that makes sense.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 12:28 AM
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hard to tell exactly but my best guess is BGA (blue green algae) Here's some info I've found on it and most all forms of algae via a Google search as well as this forum.

If you can list your tank parameters then it'll help even further diagnose and effect a cure.

General description: It is green in color, slimmy and smelly. It doesnt really belongs to the algae family but is rather a type of cynobacteria. BGA spread very fast and it doesnt take long for them to conquer the whole tank.
Possible causes:
1. Insufficient nitrate

2. Poor water circulation
Countermeasures:
1. Dose nitrate directly into the tank
2. Reduce lighting hours and if possible, switch off all lighting (black out)
3. Treat with Seachem excel - Fill a syringe with excel and then apply directly at the affected area (warning, some plant will melt in close contact with excel )
4. If all of the above not working, time for anti-biotic (Note you need to seed your filter after antibiotic regime)
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Again hard to tell from the pic but if it's not got any green tint then it could be diatoms.

General description: According to Indiana University, Biology department, diatoms are unicellular algae generally placed in the family Bacillariophyceae. From what we know, diatoms algae are brown in appearance and usually seen in the early part of setup (about 4-12 weeks)
Possible causes:
1. Insufficient of light
2. New tank setup

Countermeasures:
1. If possible, use a small hose to siphon off the diatoms
2. Manually removal by scraping off the diatoms
3. Otocinclus will eat it
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Don't have a GH or KH kit, got one on order. PH about 7.6, everything else is in check, nitrate is testing 0 and I do have my pump turned all the way down because the tank has shrimp in it.
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