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11-03-2011 07:12 AM
jccaclimber Ok. Sounds like I'm good there. I ended up with a massive staghorn outbreak while having my CO2 off for 48 hours (changing stuff out, didn't realize how fast it would go south). Now though it's all hooked back up, so hopefully things will clear up.
11-03-2011 06:52 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by jccaclimber View Post
When you say consistent CO2, do you mean '24 hours a day', or 'pressurized, don't forget to refill it, have enough, on/off with the lights'?
consistent meaning DIY wont work ;p, pressurized is the best way to keep consistent co2.
11-03-2011 05:24 AM
jccaclimber When you say consistent CO2, do you mean '24 hours a day', or 'pressurized, don't forget to refill it, have enough, on/off with the lights'?
11-03-2011 04:35 AM
Noahma
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Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
I have used just CO2 correctly and then parva does not get algae.
Good ferts helps, ADA AS is good also.

Lots of water changes seem to help(CO2 related likely)
I agree with tom. I just finally was able to rid my tank of BBA algae, and it took little more than killing what was in the tank already, and running very steady co2.

I found a post Tom did a couple years ago with overdosing Excel for three days, doing a water change, and then doing the excel dosing again for a total of 3 times. After that just maintaining the tank and keeping my co2 consistent and it has not come back.

C.Parva is a pretty slow growing plant as it is, so it is going ot be more prone to algae outbreaks than fast growing stems.

Keep going at it, and keep the C.Parva, it is indeed one of the nicest carpets I have kept when it grows in so densely that you cannot feel the substrate when you poke a finger in there lol. Takes a ton of time, but well worth it.
11-03-2011 12:23 AM
Mr. Appleton
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Originally Posted by jccaclimber View Post
Tom, can you expand on that last part a bit? I don't see how a weekly event (water change) causes better consistent CO2 levels.
May have something to do with removing floating algae pieces/spores would be my guess? Most algae seem to break off little chunks and pieces whenever I try to remove them... probably setting themselves up in new spots in the tank.

I know that I was also running a UV sterilizer on my 40G when it was getting overtaken by algae and I think it may've helped as well.
11-02-2011 11:22 PM
jccaclimber
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Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
I have used just CO2 correctly and then parva does not get algae.
Good ferts helps, ADA AS is good also.

Lots of water changes seem to help(CO2 related likely)
Tom, can you expand on that last part a bit? I don't see how a weekly event (water change) causes better consistent CO2 levels.
11-02-2011 08:54 PM
plantbrain I have used just CO2 correctly and then parva does not get algae.
Good ferts helps, ADA AS is good also.

Lots of water changes seem to help(CO2 related likely)
11-02-2011 07:33 PM
hockey9999 I agree, they are messy little guys. They are a lot of fun to watch though.

I think, however, that between the Gobys, Corys and shrimp, most of the food the puffers make a mess of gets cleaned up pretty quickly. I rarely see old food in the tank more then an hour after feeding.

I suspected that overfeeding could have been causing the algae.. So before a week long vacation this summer I cleaned up as much of it as I could from the parva.. Came back a week later, algae was back and the fish hadn't been fed for a full 7 days..
11-02-2011 07:28 PM
Mr. Appleton It's the puffers. They're messy eaters. I've a pair of puffers in a small tank and it is always on the verge of getting overrun with algae. I had the most luck with it when I had a pair of otos in it to help clean up. The otos unfortunately died a few weeks back and the algae has returned with a vengeance.
11-02-2011 06:49 PM
hockey9999 If I had more room in the tank, I'd considering adding some otos.

I never mentioned what is in the tank as far as livestock, and I think its definitely overstocked, but everyone seems happy and healthy.

2 dwarf puffers
3 bumblebee gobys
4 pygmy corys
and a whole bunch of cherries and MTS.
11-02-2011 06:43 PM
TactusMortus
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Originally Posted by Mr. Appleton View Post
I had something like that and a lot of other kind of algae in my 40G. Brought in a TON of nerites, amanos, and about a half dozen otos and it was clean within a week or so.

Not sure who ate what.... but no chemicals needed
Hah, granted that would work however a ton of nerites, amanos, and about a half dozen otos would be a bit much all for a little algae issue. That can be resolved with a few capfulls of excel
11-02-2011 04:56 PM
Mr. Appleton I had something like that and a lot of other kind of algae in my 40G. Brought in a TON of nerites, amanos, and about a half dozen otos and it was clean within a week or so.

Not sure who ate what.... but no chemicals needed
11-02-2011 02:29 PM
TactusMortus
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Thanks! I will keep up with the Excel for a few weeks and see how it goes. I'll post some new pics in a week or 2. This may be my last attempt with ridding the Parva of algae before I get rid of some of it and try another foreground plant. I've like Staurogyne a lot, but not sure about the size of it for a small tank.



I am not sure what the correct 'dose' is for peroxide/gallon.. But I just turn the filter off, put some peroxide in a syringe, and shoot it at the areas with algae. I let is sit for about 30 minutes, do a small w/c and turn the filter back on.
Don't give up on parva there is reall no comparison to a nice healthy parva foreground.
11-02-2011 01:49 PM
hockey9999 Thanks! I will keep up with the Excel for a few weeks and see how it goes. I'll post some new pics in a week or 2. This may be my last attempt with ridding the Parva of algae before I get rid of some of it and try another foreground plant. I've like Staurogyne a lot, but not sure about the size of it for a small tank.

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Originally Posted by flesxruoyxllik View Post
can u explan how u treated with peroxide
I am not sure what the correct 'dose' is for peroxide/gallon.. But I just turn the filter off, put some peroxide in a syringe, and shoot it at the areas with algae. I let is sit for about 30 minutes, do a small w/c and turn the filter back on.
11-02-2011 01:37 PM
TactusMortus Yeah trust me in a few weeks you will have absolutely zero algae on the parva. I thought I was going to have to overdose or something but started with the regular dose. Which turns out was plenty for my tank. One thing to consider though make sure you have plenty of flow so it gets distributed evenly.
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