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Old 12-12-2003, 12:04 PM   #1
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I bought Cabomba Caroliniana and Rotala Wallichii from LFS today. When i plant it i noticed a huge number of hairy algae :shock: is all over the plant(both),i took it out of the tank and put it in a pail with some aged can i remove these algae?
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:49 PM   #2
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Hairy algae is difficult. I have found that with the plants in my aquarium that have got infested with it, although I've TRIED just pulling it off manually, it always grows back. I find it's worse on plants that are dying. Was the Cabomba you bought kept in good conditions? Good, clean water and appropriate amounts of light? If not, it was probably on its way out already thus giving the hair algae a chance to get a good hold. I don't know what to suggest. Hopefully someone else reading this will be able to offer more advice.

I used to have Cabomba in my tank, but my lighting has always been insufficient (only 60w when I need 120w). Cabomba used to grow OK for a while, but eventually the hair algae took over. Despite pinching out the ends with the algae on them, totally removing the affected parts of the plant, it always grew back. Eventually I had to remove it all from the tank. Hopefully you'll have better luck.
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Old 12-18-2003, 03:58 PM   #3
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You can dip your plants in a bleach/water solution at a ratio of 19/1 for about 2 minutes and it will not kill your plants,you may lose the leaves,but it will not kill them. It is a very effective way to kill of any algae.That is 19 parts water 1 part bleach.
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Old 12-23-2003, 12:20 PM   #4
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has anybody tried using barley straw? It's said to help pond algaes.
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Old 12-23-2003, 03:11 PM   #5
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It is an organism living inside the barley bales, i think you might need quite an unsigtly lump in the tank...

I was reading today of someone who used duckweed and and tetra florapride (which boosts the growth of the duckweed) he would remove excess duckweed and so export the nutrients that are too much. This deprives algae of both light and nutrients, plants too I guess but i believe its a quite shortterm treatment.
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