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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so about a week after I heavily planted my 46 galon bowfront, I FINALY get *some* pearling from some of the java moss and a few other plants... less than 10% of the total plants appear to be "doing thier thing".

However, during that week a nice bright green film of algae has covered everything.. unexposed driftwood, stones, walls of the tank, and you guessed it, the plants too.

I can easily use my hands to rub off the algae on the broad leaf plants... that covers about 50% of the plants...
Any suggestions for cleaning the other plants that dont have large / broad leaves?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 06:09 PM
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Most new tanks go through a succession of brown and green algae, which usually disappear after 1 or 2 weeks. In the beginning, having lots of fast growing plants, and providing them with best conditions (sufficient light, some CO2, etc) will help to get a grip on the algae. Patience is needed too :mrgreen:
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Yes patience.. and "Keep" the water perims in check, N03, P04, C02, etc. one day you will look and it will all be gone
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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I dont mind having *some* green algae.. I think it makes a tank look more natural.
Havent had any problems with brown algae.

I just think a tank looks more natural with a bit of algae here and there...

I was mainly wondering what if any method there is for getting algae off of thin or needle leaved plants?
Maybe a little tiny horsehair brush?

Now that I think of it, I might just try that
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 04:25 PM
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i use an old soft tooth brush works rather nicely

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