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Old 04-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Algae? Fungus?


Ok so I have a 36 gallon planted tank with 78 watts of t5 ho pressurized co2, i dose excel and leafzone. I have noticed that on all of the plants there is a whitish fuzzy looking algae, it spreads extremely fast like I put a plant in one night and the next morning it had this "algae" on it. I tried overdosing excel no luck, 3 day blackout only seemed to make it worse, algeacide no luck. I have been told it is algae and some other people say its a fungus. I really need to know what it is so I can get rid of it.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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We had a completely different, but similar issue with one piece of driftwood that had Fissidens tied to it that habitually was covered in this odd funk that we assumed was algae. Excel did nothing and it was absolutely frustrating and began to spread. Hit it with a fungicide and melted in 2 days. Now it appears to be completely gone. We had even boiled that wood for 2-3 hours to get it to sink. Not sure what it exactly was, but glad its dead all the same...
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do you remember what the fungicide was called?
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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also did the tank have fish in it, im asking because i dont want to put a fungicide into a tank full of fish if it is not fish safe.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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It was some Jungle Labs Fungus Clear Fizz Tabs. Treated a 7.9 gallon Ebi, one tab, 2 days later 50% WC and 2nd treatment. Everything normal after that. Had Chili Rasbora, OEBT's, Nerites, and Assassin snails in the tank. None were affected whatsoever. Filtration was a sbonge filter and an AC20 with a coarse sponge and Purigen.
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Ok thank you so much I will try this and see what type of results it yields.... Thanks again
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I noticed that its actual use was for fish fungus, if i cant find the tabs do you think I could use another fish fungus med?
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I imagine so, we found it at Wal-Mart and figured it was a long shot either way. If it had not worked we were tossing the wood and everything. That was my hunch as to its origination in the tank. It was just a weird occurance as we are in Houston and have liquid rock for water. We were using Brightwell Rio Escuro substrate and Distilled water and had reduced the Ph to well below a 6.0. It energed there and we thought it might be a low Ph issue, so swapped it over to a medium Ph tank (7.2) and it started again. It dissappeared after the wood removal in the lowest Ph tank and we had our suspicions. Now everything is fine and we'll see how it goes, but its been 3 weeks and no sign as of yet. The fissdens looks terrific and coming back wonderfully. Both tanks are low tech, so no CO2 though we dose a variety of supplements including Excel.
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Ok thanks again hopefully this will work
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I'll cross my fingers for you, let us know how it works out!
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Will do
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