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Old 01-09-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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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...
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:51 PM   #4
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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?
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:52 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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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...
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:47 AM   #7
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What about Amano shrimp? They are good algae eaters and should love cleaning the moss.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:49 AM   #8
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I was thinking about Amanos, but wouldn't
they cross breed with CRS...?
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Nope, couldn't if they wanted to. Amanos can't even breed with themselves in fresh water.

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Old 01-11-2013, 05:19 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:15 PM   #11
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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?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:03 AM   #12
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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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