Hair Algae Problem - Phosphate In Chardon & Cleveland Hts
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Local Pet Stores, Clubs, and Conventions > Ohio


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
Java Moss
Planted Member
 
Java Moss's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 173
Default

Hair Algae Problem - Phosphate In Chardon & Cleveland Hts


Edited down from previous post that was sarcasm run amok.

Water from Cleveland Heights and Chardon tested rather high for phosphates when using an API test kit. This seemed to be causing my hair algae problem which only accelerated from water changes instead of lessening, prior to testing.

Picked up some Seachem Phosguard, put it in the canister and the hair algae has thinned by a very substantial margin, which flying foxes are having a feast with the remnants. The Phosguard has not caused any adverse effects to my plants. In fact, the mosses and swords have seemed to deepen and brighten it's green. I suspect the hair algae was hindering the plants ability to absorb CO2/O2, thereby causing the small melting and browning.

So, if you're in NE Ohio and end up with hair algae, consider a chemical solution in small amounts for phosphorus removal.
__________________
The longer I'm involved in this hobby the more & more I'm convinced that Bio-Type species tanks are the way to go. Plants and fish/inverts live together in nature for a reason. I find the less I try to fight nature the better my tanks look.

- DogFish 1.24.12

Last edited by Java Moss; 02-28-2011 at 02:41 AM..
Java Moss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-28-2011, 02:44 AM   #2
AoxomoxoA
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
AoxomoxoA's Avatar
 
PTrader: (17/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Conneaut, Ohio
Posts: 873
Default

Quote:
User Java Moss
Size 55 Gallon
Date Started August 2010
Lighting Oddysea 216W
Equipment Fluval 405
CO2 Flourish Excel
Substrate Blue gravel
Parameters N/A
Fertilization Flourish Iron
Plants Java Moss, Java Fern, Amazon Sword
Inhabitants 15+ Platies, 2 Dojo Loaches, 2 Striped Tetras, 2 Otos, 1 Bristlenose Pleco
Comments
Profile Views 291
Glad to hear you beat it
I wonder though if maybe you changed the lighting at all at the same time? That's an awful lot of light! I would have recommended changing raising or diffusing that before a water change even occurred to me.
How long did you have the algae?

EDIT*: lol I like how you changed it.
AoxomoxoA is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-08-2011, 12:34 AM   #3
Java Moss
Planted Member
 
Java Moss's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 173
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtyhermit View Post
Glad to hear you beat it
I wonder though if maybe you changed the lighting at all at the same time? That's an awful lot of light! I would have recommended changing raising or diffusing that before a water change even occurred to me.
How long did you have the algae?

EDIT*: lol I like how you changed it.
It was going on for weeks and I tried everything short of chemical filtration. Just threw my hands up and checked with Seachem had.

As for the lighting, I did heavily lower the amount of time it was on compared to previously and the algae still grew. Got worse, actually...spinning off those long aggravating threads.

But yeah, the phosphorous in the water around here seemed to escalate this winter. When I pour it in for a water change, it's rather foggy for about an hour. Me and the wife never drink the stuff straight from the tap - Brita pitcher only.

Water from Cleveland. Go figure.
__________________
The longer I'm involved in this hobby the more & more I'm convinced that Bio-Type species tanks are the way to go. Plants and fish/inverts live together in nature for a reason. I find the less I try to fight nature the better my tanks look.

- DogFish 1.24.12
Java Moss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-08-2011, 01:35 AM   #4
plantbrain
Planted Tank Guru
 
plantbrain's Avatar
 
PTrader: (260/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The swamp
Posts: 13,487
Default

So was it the light or the PO4 remover?

Put another way, why cannot I not induce algae or any sort when I dose 5ppm 3x a week to my tanks?

Lots of light without CO2....excel can help, but it has limits as well.
Excel in not that good against hair algae either.
__________________
Regards,
Tom Barr
plantbrain is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2011, 02:17 AM   #5
Java Moss
Planted Member
 
Java Moss's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 173
Default

It was the PO4 remover that got rid of it.

Put the remover in a media bag, threw it in the canister...within a few days the algae was dying off fast and the flying foxes ate the remainder.
__________________
The longer I'm involved in this hobby the more & more I'm convinced that Bio-Type species tanks are the way to go. Plants and fish/inverts live together in nature for a reason. I find the less I try to fight nature the better my tanks look.

- DogFish 1.24.12
Java Moss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012