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Old 02-04-2014, 05:32 AM   #1
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Destruction of certain algae with air


Has anyone had any success pulling out an algae infested plant like anubias and simply letting it sit to dry out slightly for an hour or two?

Certain plants like anubias should be able to take being out of the water for a bit, but algae, especially green spot seems to be killed easily with this method.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:36 AM   #2
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I think you'll find the plants can't handle it either.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #3
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Your anubias will dry out if it's suddenly exposed to a low humidity environment, especially if you let it dry for 1-2 hours.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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Well I tried it for 30 mins today. The plant was still moist to the touch when I put it back in. The green hair algae that was on it is dead. It should have killed the GSA as air does when I do a WC. The GSA on the glass that was exposed to air is always dead in 48 hours.
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O2 is a powerful oxidizer. One way to kill algae and bacteria is to expose it to high concentrations of O2. Many animals can survive and thrive with the increased oxygen but these microorganisms cannot.
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O2 is a powerful oxidizer. One way to kill algae and bacteria is to expose it to high concentrations of O2. Many animals can survive and thrive with the increased oxygen but these microorganisms cannot.
My thinking exactly. I love seeing the false pearling after a water change. I had some brush algae on some moss and brought the moss out of the water for 10 mins a day for a week. I loved watching the false pearling as oxygen would destroy the algae cells surrounding the plant.
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I never have thought of taking plants out of the tank and just letting them set for a little while to kill algae. Anyone know if this works on BGA? I'm having a tough time getting rid of this kind in my tank..
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Best thing I do is take a childs medicine syringe and squirt hydrogen peroxide directly on the algae. Instant death.
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My thinking exactly. I love seeing the false pearling after a water change. I had some brush algae on some moss and brought the moss out of the water for 10 mins a day for a week. I loved watching the false pearling as oxygen would destroy the algae cells surrounding the plant.
The false pearling appears to be caused by low O2/gas of the replacement water. This forces the gas inside the plants to come out. It's the osmotic pressure gradient attempting to reach equilibrium. One way to test if your water is low in O2/gas is to aerate it for a couple of hours to increase the O2 content. If this stops the pearling after a water change, then it suggests that your water is low in O2/gas out of the tap.

Did exposing the moss to air actually kill off the brush algae?
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:49 PM   #10
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I don't know what kind of algae I have but it will not brush off my anubia. I pulled my anubia out of the water last night for about 20 minutes & then put it back in. The algae doesn't look so hot. I think that air definately had an affect on it. I am going to try again & see what happens.
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I use a soft toothbrush on my anubias. Also I spray it with a very dilute mixture of h2o2 and water.
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