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Old 06-14-2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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Pictures of types of algae?


Is there anywhere that has good pictures of types of algae? Or maybe someone can help me id mine. It is dark, nearly black (more dark brown I suppose) and grows in little tufts. Grows on everything, gravel, plants (around the edges of leaves) glass. It is extremely hard to get off the glass, have to scrape it off with my fingernail. It isn't terribly bad now, but I dont'want it to get out of control either...and I figure my first step is identifying it!
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:11 AM   #2
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From your description, it sounds like Black Beard Algae (BBA).

What size tank do you have? Is it heavily, moderately, or lightly planted? What are your water parameters, ph, kh, no3, p04? How many watts per gallon on your tank? Generally, BBA means a lack of Co2 (it depends on your light), are you injecting any?

This info is needed to help you.

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Old 06-14-2005, 06:28 AM   #3
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Hi there,

The tank is a 75 gallon, I would say moderatly planted. pH is 7.0, nitrates were about 30 before I did a water change tonight, are now sitting about 15 or so. Don't have the test kits for the others yet. At the moment I have lousy lighting, two four foot bulbs, I honestly don't know the wattage on them, but when I had it figured out, it was definitly a low light tank, no CO2. it does get some natural light, but not much.

I am going to be tearing this tank down and redoing it properly with CO2 and proper lights etc, but have to make some $$ first! That is why I am not too too concerned about the algae, I just don't want it getting out of control!Just bought the oscars a 135gal and need to do some tank shuffling to fit it in the house, which means the 75 gallon (the planted tank) will need to be emptied completly so it can be carried upstairs. Once that is done I hope to attempt my first serious planted tank.
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:33 AM   #4
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Yep, definately sounds like BBA which is actually a red algae. Very common too. 30ppm of CO2 will eliminate/control it if you inject CO2. DIY CO2 will help, but usually not enuf, unless its a really small tank, as you need to get to the saturation level near or above 30ppm CO2 to do the trick.
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:03 AM   #5
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It does sound like BBA. If you want to check against a picture, and for future reference PlantGeek.net - Algae: An Overview
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:17 PM   #6
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Thanks eveyrone, guess I will live with it until I get the CO2 etc set up!
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Your welcome.


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Old 06-14-2005, 06:31 PM   #8
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You can also try Flourish excel to treat BBA. Many of us had some very good success with this product. Check out this thread.
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if there is a site that shows the types of bad type algae with pics this would aid a lot of us new guys and add to the reference material we keep. the link provided about algae is broken. this might be a group problem that can be fixed here. i have a large reference library with little to none on bad types of algae. if someone knows a title or website that has this info please advise.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #10
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Arrow I have the same problem....

Lol! I have the exact same problem. Just got enlighten on how to fix it and keep it from coming back. As far as pictures to id different types of algae i ran into this site. Hope it helps you.

http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:53 AM   #11
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wow this thread is ancient
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #12
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link is really good thank you
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