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Old 09-12-2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default brown algae soft and pillowy hate it I do!

These pictures show the brown thread algae after about 24 hours of not removing it. Any suggestions?

stopped dosing traces 1 week ago (was dosing 3-4ml flourish 2x/week )
PO4 at 2ppm
NO3 at 5-10ppm
pH at 6.6
KH 4
CO2 at 35 to 40 ppm
lights 3 wpg at 9 hrs / day
plants growing great
have had this algae for 6 weeks and remove it twice daily

can you help? It is really making me unhappppppppy





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Old 09-12-2005, 03:57 PM   #2
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I believe oto's love to snack on that stuff.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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got 4 of 'em. They are growing fast and are fat and happy. Don't seem to eat the brown stuff however.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:34 PM   #4
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Mikey,

Otto, Cherry Shrimps & Amano Shrimps are a great team for this job! don't feed them & they will clean that algae in no time.

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I have about 24 ottos in a 135g tank (started with 6 and they bred like rabbits) and they won't touch the stuff. I don't feed the ottos and watch them eat away my green spot algae and brownish stuff on leaves... but won't touch the stuff in the pictures in my tank (I thought that kind was hair or staghorn algae). I had always thought ottos and the like won't touch the hairy algaes and one needs SAE's or shrimp for those.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:22 PM   #6
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I have some similar stuff in my tank. It is the green version. I have a dozen amano shrimp in the mail to try to address this. Hopefully they like the taste. If you PM me I will be happy to let you know if they eat the stuff.

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Old 09-12-2005, 08:13 PM   #7
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Isn't there some way to make this stuff go away by doing something to the water parameters? I mean, I think I have most of them where they belong, but maybe not? And wheather I do or do not, isn't there a way to get the water, or dosing, or parameters set to a level that prevents the growth. I mean one can't spend 20 minutes every day pulling this stuff out of the tank just to keep pace ...... can one?????
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:29 PM   #8
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might just pay for am membership to start a post - my algea is thicker than yours...

Mine is green though, and is growing like mad. My tank is still cycling, plants are filling in ect. so I still have hope. Had 3 ottos for cleanup, but last week added another 5 ottos, 3 amano shrimp, 4 sae, and 2 molleys (ok kid fish).

So far the Angle fish are eating it the most, followed by the molleys - not sure if any of the algae eaters are snacking on it or not - but they are much smaller (which is sad, smaller than a molley).

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Old 09-12-2005, 08:43 PM   #9
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Not sure if the tank is ghost shrimp safe (no large fish like kribensis). Over here, I can get them for 10c as "feeders". I am pretty sure they eat that stuff.
Other than that, my usual recommendation... patience... it will go away.
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I have some of this too Growing on my Eco complete. I don't have near as much though. Can anyone say what type of algae it is and what the real fix is besides trying to get fish to eat it haha.
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Old 09-15-2005, 02:00 AM   #11
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As usual, thanks all for your time to post. I am going to try no ferts until it stops growing (patience as Wasser says too). Maybe I can starve this crap. If not, ....... well its still a little early in the game to threaten my tank with severe consequences just yet!!!
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Old 09-15-2005, 02:06 AM   #12
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As usual, thanks all for your time to post. I am going to try no ferts until it stops growing (patience as Wasser says too). Maybe I can starve this crap. If not, ....... well its still a little early in the game to threaten my tank with severe consequences just yet!!!

I dont know if that is the best idea, you will be starving your plants as well. Have you tried Excel as a treatment, it works, I dont know if it will work for this type of alage but it works for BGA
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Old 09-15-2005, 11:43 PM   #13
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For what its worth.... I am in week 3 of doing the EI method, and my thread algae is nearly gone. I have plenty of BBA still, but I am finally through my big thread bloom.
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:30 PM   #14
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i have this in my tank too except its kind of a cross between green and brown. for me it looks almost liek whisps of smoke in the water. i also think i have diatoms but as a result the copepods which live in there are flourishing, im not too owrried about the algae just now is the tank is set up waiting for some cherry shrimp. mwuha!
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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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