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bat_billy 01-31-2013 12:42 AM

Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
I need help identifying this algae. My water parameters look good i'm not sure what the problem is.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/31/ta7aje6u.jpg

Water parameters are as follows:

Gh. 5
Kh. 6
Ph averages 6.8 while co2 is on
Running a 20 inch finnex fugeray on a 5 gallon fluval spec
Dosing pps pro daily
Every other day I dose .5ml excel

bat_billy 01-31-2013 12:43 AM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
Here is another picture of the tank.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/31/za9a8uge.jpg

steven p 01-31-2013 12:58 AM

How's the flow around the plants? Is that a drop checker? Move it around the tank.

bat_billy 01-31-2013 01:03 AM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
The flow seems okay. I have the standard pump on the filter as well as a hydor mini running on the other side. The drop checker is reading yellow. I will move it and check different areas of the tank

bat_billy 01-31-2013 01:05 AM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
I think I may have hacked a bit to much durin my last trim. The algae started after I cut the money wart from the top down instead of from the roots.

puopg 01-31-2013 04:41 AM

Looks like staghorn. Manually remove as much as possible. As you probably dread hearing, CO2 is probably your issue. If situation is really bad, do a blackout to really blow the algae back and then add fast growing plants and a lot of them. Make sure you have good flow around the tank. Also reduce lighting.

bat_billy 01-31-2013 02:13 PM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
Can I reduce the photoperiod or do I need to reduce the actual intensity of the light? I'm running the finnex fugeray 20" for 8 hours per day right now.

bat_billy 02-07-2013 03:18 PM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
I did a massive trim and turned up my CO2. I turned down my photo period from 8 to 6 hours. I also replaced my root tabs. This seems to have stopped the algae growth.

msawdey 02-07-2013 04:11 PM

it looks more like hair algae than staghorn, sounds like you are on the right track though

bat_billy 02-07-2013 05:25 PM

Re: Help identifying algae and finding a cure
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by msawdey (Post 2470074)
it looks more like hair algae than staghorn, sounds like you are on the right track though

I agree it does look more like hair algae. With the changes I made it seems to be held at bay and my shrimp seem to be cleaning what is left over. It looks like it is turning white instead of green which I think is a good sign.

msawdey 02-07-2013 06:11 PM

the shrimp will gobble it up. The turning white is probably from excel dosing


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