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Old 03-21-2013, 01:28 PM   #31
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[DONE] Cladophora Infestation [04/13/2013] Post#35


Has been more than 2 weeks since the operation and no caldophora is to be seen. I have not used liquid fertilizer and the co2 is set to 1bps. And the lights all 4 from 10 to 6. Also I feed my fish once every 4 days.

I will start today by introducing liquid fertilizer and seeing if the cladophora emerges.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #32
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Good treatment write-up, results look promising. Will keep fingers crossed for you, and watch for updates.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #33
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Good treatment write-up, results look promising. Will keep fingers crossed for you, and watch for updates.
Thanks for the nice words. but I have to admit the first few weeks I was using way to many chemicals that I kept forgetting when and how much of what I was using. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks no cladophora will appear.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #34
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Used Tetra Water Test and Got these values:
KH: 9 dH
GH: 24-25 dH
PH: 7.5
NO2-(Nitrite): Less than 0.3mg/l

Really hard water.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #35
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It is done. It has been three weeks since I have been using liquid fertilizer and there has been no sign of clado. I haven't been feeding my fish only twice a week. I feel safe now to say that there is no clado and the operation is a success.

The primary procedure thought of is placed in post 26 but as I was removing the clado I diverted from plan and did what has written in post 30. I really hope this helps out someone.

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Old 05-11-2013, 03:30 AM   #36
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I'm so glad you got it worked out. You give me hope!
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:38 AM   #37
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I'm sorry, I responded to your other post but it hasn't posted yet? I believe it said "moderating pending" after I posted and I guess it still has not been approved.

I did as you recommended and I took all the gravel out of my tank and I have it soaking in a Hydrogen peroxide + water solution. If I read correctly, you soaked your substrate in this solution for three days and boiled your substrate thereafter? Do you think pouring boiling water on my gravel in a bucket will suffice? I'm not sure how I feel about boiling gravel on my stovetop. :P

Today was day 2 of soaking the gravel in the solution. Should I dump the solution out later today (Monday) and allow the gravel to soak in a new-fresh solution? I really want to get rid of this darn algae.

Thank you for all your help!
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #38
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Soak the gravel In diluted solution (6ml of h2o2 6% concentration in 3/4 of bucket filled with water) of h2o2 for a few hours, not days.

Move the gravel in the bucket every 30 mins. Pour out the solution and add water and wash the gravel to remove any h2o2 residue. Do this at least 3 times. After spread the gravel on table to dry for a few hours (a day would be better). Place the gravel in the bucket and wash the gravel to remove debris and ensure no h2o2. After your done place one of your tetras as an experimental sacrifice if it survives your good to go, if not wash again. Hope you best of luck.

You don't need to boil gravel. It was either h2o2 wash or boil gravel.

For the boiling method place gravel in bucket and pour boiling water (be careful) and mix using a durable object. Dry gravel then wash gravel, test gravel.

*caution* h2o2 can cause skin irritation so wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #39
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Thank you so much for your response. Unfortunately, I didn't measure the Hydrogen peroxide I used but I poured liberally. I used a drug store brand of Hydrogen peroxide. The bottle doesn't specify that it is 6% concentration, but I hope it will suffice. I did shift through the gravel at least 7 times over the past couple days and I noticed loads of small bubbles in the solution mixture and on the gravel.

I poured out the solution an hour ago (at 4am!). I had the gravel in a huge bucket out in the yard, so hopefully none of the neighbors saw me out on the street dumping out water and shifting/scrubbing through the gravel with my hands. If the neighbors saw me, they probably think I'm some crazy insomniac with a pebble obsession -- shifting for gold on the street~! I rinsed the gravel about 25 times with fresh water and laid the gravel out to dry. It's suppose to be a cold day so hopefully the gravel will dry out fine. I plan on soaking the gravel in boiling water once the gravel dries. I have to get rid of this algae for good this time.

Ergh, I really would prefer to not sacrifice any creatures, especially not my beloved neon tetras. I actually spent three hours picking out the ramshorn and Malaysian trumpet snails before I even started the solution soak. I tried to save as many snails as I could, but I know I couldn't save them all. These poor creatures -- they suffer because their negligent owner somehow got their home infested with this nasty algae.

Thank you for all your best wishes and for your gracious assistance. I hope I will be triumphant as you. You are super awesome!

Hopefully everything works out. A million thanks and have a wonderful day.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #40
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Default Re: [DONE] Cladophora Infestation [04/13/2013] Post#35

Hydrogen peroxide from drugstores are 3% concentration according to planted tank member residing in the US.

What your doing is a bit of an overkill which makes really hope this works well for you. Please let me know of the results it holds.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #41
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Oh darn, our Hydrogen peroxide in America is only 3% concentration? Did the member specify what our alternative was? Are we suppose to just double the dosage? That makes me a little nervous now.

I know that I'm doing extra to eradicate the algae, but I literally hate it that much. I just bought a whole bunch of plants from multiple people that should start arriving later this week, so I want to make sure my investment towards a legitimate planted tank does not go down the drain because of a reoccurrence of this ridiculously impossible algae.

I will definitely keep you posted! Thank you so much!
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:52 PM   #42
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What you have done is more than enough, and the 6ml is an estimated guess. So the equivalent is 12ml of 3%. Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #43
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good job on removing it from the tank to treat it , i have make a mistake before by trimming the hair (thread) algae in tank upon first sighting, i have notice tiny strands of it will float around and land other place
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:05 PM   #44
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At my first attempt I tried to mechanically remove the algae in the tank which resulted in the spread of algae across my tank.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:59 PM   #45
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same here , could have been a simple job if i just suck up the small section and throw away the affected plants asap
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