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Kinection 01-09-2013 10:39 PM

How to remove a brown slimy algae off of moss?
 
This algae killed my java moss and it's
starting to take over my Taiwan moss.
What should I do? My parameters are
Ammonia: 0
Nitrates : 0
Nitrite : 0
pH 6.8
I would hate to see a basketball sized
Taiwan moss die... :(

BruceF 01-09-2013 10:46 PM

When was the last time you did a water change? Take the moss out of the tank and pull it apart and wash it in a bucket of tap water. Dump out the water and wash it again. Then put it in clean tap water and let it sit over night. repeat.
Clean the tank. Figure out why you have no N reading.

Kinection 01-09-2013 11:03 PM

My last water change was 5 days ago. I'll
try doing that, and I've been picking up dead
java moss strands for almost two hours a day.

Kinection 01-10-2013 11:51 PM

Ok, I'm deciding on should I take the moss and
use Jet (option on a hose) to remove all the
algae, but there might be some baby shrimp on there...
should I risk it?

Darkblade48 01-11-2013 01:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AquaticStory (Post 2206594)
Ok, I'm deciding on should I take the moss and
use Jet (option on a hose) to remove all the
algae, but there might be some baby shrimp on there...
should I risk it?

I would try to remove as many shrimplets as possible first.

Unfortunately, there might be some that won't make it if you decide to blast the moss with a hose.

Kinection 01-11-2013 04:42 AM

Man... this is such a hard decision.
If I don't blast the moss, algae would probaly
take over in 7 more days. But I will lose shrimplets. :(
I could get otos, but saw YouTube videos saying
they don't eat algae off the moss "effectively"
Last way is to get SAE and transfer moss into another
tank so the SAEs can eat the algae, but still might
kill some babies...

Jayme 01-11-2013 04:47 AM

What about Amano shrimp? They are good algae eaters and should love cleaning the moss.

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Kinection 01-11-2013 04:49 AM

I was thinking about Amanos, but wouldn't
they cross breed with CRS...?

Jayme 01-11-2013 04:56 AM

Nope, couldn't if they wanted to. Amanos can't even breed with themselves in fresh water.

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Kinection 01-11-2013 05:19 AM

Oh yea! I forgot about that. I need
to get a pic of the moss tomorrow after school
just to confirm if Amanos would eat it. I prefer
fish than adding another type of shrimp into
my tank though. Currently have CRS + Fire reds
in the 30 gallon tank right now.

Kinection 01-17-2013 11:15 PM

The moss is starting to have this clear coating on it,
that makes bubbles and the moss is
turning dark greenish black and yellow... should I restart the tank
and leave the filter on to keep the bacteria?

Kinection 01-19-2013 12:03 AM

http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/...psb8fca47f.jpg
^ Photo of slimy coat with bubbles on moss (sorry if the pics are bad)
http://i1352.photobucket.com/albums/...psf5ae15a6.jpg
^ Photo of slimy bubbles on gravel
Anyone know what to do? My only idea atm is to restart the tank.


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