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Old 09-09-2003, 01:42 AM   #1
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ok, so i guess i have some brush algae.

it isn't nearly as bad as some photos i've seen; this link seems to approximate it:

http://www.aquaticscape.com/articles/algae/bba4.jpg

i was told by someone at my lfs to add more plants to combat the algae, and now i'm afraid they're gonna get it, too, and i'll be left with no plants!!

is it too late for me?

thanks in advance for any insights!
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Old 09-09-2003, 01:47 AM   #2
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Demmurefemme,

I have some BBA in my tank on some Anubias nana (slow growing). It has not spread and is on only those leaves. I have had them for well over a month now. As soon as the younger leaves get a bit bigger OFF WITH THE OTHERS!

I have not found a fish that will eradicate this yet. Getting more plants uses up the nutrients in the tank hopefully "outcompeting" the BBA.

I personally think that you should remove as much as you can by hand, continue that process then trim off the affected leaves when you have more new ones. On rapidly growing plants in my opinion this is not a factor because it does not have time to take hold. This is only from my limited experience at it though.

Im sure some of the others can help you as well.

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Old 09-09-2003, 04:15 PM   #3
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SAE's seem to do a great job on this suff.
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thanks for the info!

i took every affected plant out, and scrubbed off as much as i could (which was most of it). they're now back in the tank (along with a newly cleaned filter), hopefully the little existing bits will be kept at bay until i can get my hands on a tru SAE.

would it be a good idea to add more "algae busting" plants right now? or would i risk their being covered as well?

also, is there somewhere y'all would recommend (online) where i could find a true SAE?

thanks again!
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:06 AM   #5
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also, is there somewhere y'all would recommend (online) where i could find a true SAE?
I don't really care for these fish... just trying to give ya another side:

Downsides: They will only eat hair algae if they are young (even some young prefer flake food), and can be aggressive, especially as they get older. Removing them from a tank if they happen to get aggressive is not easy (or at least it wasn't fun for me)... and as you point out, ID is difficult. I bought a flying fox despite having the ID sheet with me.

I've done okay with just Amano shrimp and Otocinclus....
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Old 09-10-2003, 03:20 AM   #6
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Dem,

I personally havent heard too many complaints except for the last one on TRUE SAE's. I do however, think that they dont eradicate the problem..at least in my case.

Purchasing some fast growing stem plants "algae busters" will not hurt the tank and I seriously doubt you will get the BBA on any of them.

Remember....the key to any of these tanks is consistency and patience.

I am still trying to combat a haze prob in my tank....still havent pinned down whats causing it. Ill figure it out soon though.....remember be patient!

Take Care

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