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Goon 04-30-2013 07:01 PM

Why cant I keep java moss algae free!
Hi everyone. I have always loved the look of java moss but have always had a hard time with hair algae taking it over. I have a clump in my 10 gal low light low tech cherry shrimp tank. No ferts or co2, and the tank is full of other plants. Why does my moss always get infested with algae? Anyone know how to remedy this without hurting the shrimp? I turn the light on in the morning when I wake up and of when I go to bed so its on for about 16 hrs a day. Would putting the lights on a timer help?

CoffeeLove 04-30-2013 07:35 PM

Re: Why cant I keep java moss algae free!
16 hours is a long time for the lights to be on without ferts or co2. I'd cut that in half.

I give my fish coffee :)

puopg 04-30-2013 07:51 PM

Get timer. 16 hours is so much

acitydweller 05-04-2013 12:40 AM

too much light mixed with low plant density... cut photo period to 6 hours and extract or treat to kill algae.

hedge_fund 05-05-2013 03:19 PM

I grow my mosses with the following light schedule:

4 hours on
4 hours off
4 hours on

I also run co2 and fertilze once a week. Water change 50% weekly. Lots of current in this tank from filter. Cool water around 72 degrees since this is what mosses like. Also have ton of amano shrimp which probably eat algae (if any develops). Half of the tank is filled with floating Salvinia.

becky3086 05-05-2013 03:49 PM

I have a hard time with that too. I have been trying to turn my tank lights off sooner but I hate having a dark tank, lol. I put snails in the tank and they helped get the algae off everything...except the moss. I'm still working on it

sapphoqueen 05-05-2013 05:42 PM

hummmm yes get a timer ..... but better to get some shrimps... I had a bunch of moss whom had the same problem like for ever :P after the shrimp invasion ... no problemoooo! :)

becky3086 05-05-2013 05:47 PM

I think the op said this was a shrimp tank.

sapphoqueen 05-05-2013 06:17 PM

oups ... :-P my bad... that is great problem then :-( try to get more water movement on the moss

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