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08-26-2011 03:03 AM
JeffHB You may be right, I am no expert for sure...consider looking at some saltwater reef forms as they deal with "algea" with similar appearence, which they consider diatomatic. In there experiences, silicates enter the environment through both water change and in-tank methods. IMO if it was an algea, you would have been bombed with can responses for dealing with it by now...
08-26-2011 03:00 AM
Francis Xavier This algae is a common form of diatom algae - very common in new aquariums with new bio filter media / carbon etc (almost always a certainty to occur).

If left too long alone, it will become a growth bed for green algae and become significantly more difficult to remove.

The solution is to manually remove as much as you can during a water change, and add as many Amano shrimp as you can (15 are recommended for a 20 gallon tank). The algae should clear within 24-48 hours.
08-26-2011 02:48 AM
ADA
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Stop using tap water and go with 100 RO/DI with replinish.....and remove any in tank source of silica...no silicates, no diatom right? There are many,many ,many etc. variety of diatom so appearance may vary. best of luck, I'm fighting this war too..
I'm using 100% bottled (RO) water. I'm pretty sure this is not diatoms.
08-26-2011 02:44 AM
JeffHB Stop using tap water and go with 100 RO/DI with replinish.....and remove any in tank source of silica...no silicates, no diatom right? There are many,many ,many etc. variety of diatom so appearance may vary. best of luck, I'm fighting this war too..
08-23-2011 12:45 AM
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My tank has been running for many months now, maybe a year, and I have been battling this dark fluffy algae for ever is seems. I stopped all ferts for over a month, and it grew even faster. I have increased my regular EI dosing and added extra FE and it seems to have helped quit a bit. I still have some, but it doesn't grow as fast.
I stir the tank up quit a bit at water change to get it all mixed in the water column to be sucked out. Then blast it everywhere with the new water at it enters the tank. I only fill it up until all the plants are back under water and let the filter get as much of it as possible and then blast it again several times, letting the filter get most of it, until the tank is full. I try to net out as much of the larger pieces as I can. Clean the filter often.
This seems to be helping, but I still don't know what this fluffy algae is called, or how to correct the problem that is causing it.
I have three tanks and only have this is one.
Increasing the ferts and fe seems to help a lot.
Stopped dosing Excel and plain Flourish seems to have helped also.
Joe
I have it too.. seems like nothing can get rid of it for me. Been battling it for months. Mine is brown in the water, but when you take it out and let it dry out it turns green. Does anyone even know what it is? It's not diatoms.
04-25-2010 06:19 PM
Joetee My tank has been running for many months now, maybe a year, and I have been battling this dark fluffy algae for ever is seems. I stopped all ferts for over a month, and it grew even faster. I have increased my regular EI dosing and added extra FE and it seems to have helped quit a bit. I still have some, but it doesn't grow as fast.
I stir the tank up quit a bit at water change to get it all mixed in the water column to be sucked out. Then blast it everywhere with the new water at it enters the tank. I only fill it up until all the plants are back under water and let the filter get as much of it as possible and then blast it again several times, letting the filter get most of it, until the tank is full. I try to net out as much of the larger pieces as I can. Clean the filter often.
This seems to be helping, but I still don't know what this fluffy algae is called, or how to correct the problem that is causing it.
I have three tanks and only have this is one.
Increasing the ferts and fe seems to help a lot.
Stopped dosing Excel and plain Flourish seems to have helped also.
Joe
11-23-2009 01:30 AM
Anupam I haven't read all of the posts but I'd suggest trying to find the root cause rather than focusing on fish/shrimp that'll eat it. Also, stopping fertilization doesn't seem like a good idea - you are starving your plants and giving the algae an edge. Remember that plants need NPK+traces+CO2+light to be in the proper ratio while algae thrive on imbalances among these.

You might cut down on phosphates a tad and increase nitrates a bit. Also make sure there are no suspended silicates in the tank - if necessary use a micron filter pad in your filter. And you might fight the algae with spot dosing of excel or hydrogen peroxide.
11-23-2009 12:43 AM
tusk I have this creap up also. I've never really seen what it's called but have always wanted to know.

I've heard flow helps, but I have 2 FX5s on my 110 gallon. I'd like to think I have plenty of output.
10-13-2009 06:50 AM
sewingalot I had this stuff in my betta tank. I used h202 on it and upped the water flow. The water flow really helps more than anything else I've tried. My betta hated it, but the algae went away. When I had to take off the filter due to his old age, the Rhizoclonium came back. After he passed, I put back on the high powered filter and it went away again.
10-13-2009 03:11 AM
Postal Penguin Have this same crap in my tank. I believe it is due to low CO2 since the past week or so I have been fiddling with diffusion methods and that is when this stuff really exploded.

The good news is that peroxide kills this stuff easily. Within an hour of treatment, it went from brown to a grayish green which hopefully means: dead.
09-28-2009 11:23 PM
Lissette I had this algae too. What a nightmare! It covered all the plants. I had the green kind, which lasted about 2 months. I did lots of water changes before this sucker disappeared. I read somewhere that it's because of lack of maintenance. I don't know if this is true, because I'm always cleaning the tank.



Lissette
09-28-2009 10:31 PM
leaf I've got this algae controlled by cleaning plant surfaces during wc, increased water flow to keep detritus suspended, and more frequent trimming (less drastic cutbacks). I'm pretty sure a couple amanos would finish the job I started.
09-28-2009 10:07 PM
accordztech lol i just went to look at my tank, i got a butt load of algae now lol

Im going to buy another ph test kit to really see if my ph is at where it should be, i calculated it with the kh to read my co2 and its at 77ppm.

ill let you guys know later on the ghost shrimp, ill pick a bunch up today and see if they eat this stuff.
09-28-2009 09:18 PM
accordztech i got this brown stuff to. one day i turned off the tank and didnt dose for 2 days and it was gone. then it came back lol

but every 50% weekly water change i take out at least 85% of that algae stuff and it seems to be under control using my siphon it comes off rather easilly. I dont have any fish to eat it at the moment.
09-28-2009 07:02 PM
Bastian I got this algae aswell at the moment. Hopefully some refreshing with RO water and adding some oto's will help.
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Greetz,

Bastian
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