Strange algae growths
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 > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Algae


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-29-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
catsaqqara
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: ny
Posts: 1
Default

Strange algae growths


Hi, I am a fish tank novice. I've searched to find out what type of algae this is but haven't found anything. I'm concerned it could be harmful because it is brown/blackish as well as green.

These fuzz bubbles are only on the fixtures and not the glass, on the glass it looks like spot algae and a patchy bit of green with black/brown in the center. I have considered black brush algae but the fuzz is short like velvet, out of the tank it looks like slime.

I don't mind having this, I think it looks neat but I would like to know if it is a bad sign for my fish. I have 3 Harlequin rasbora and 2 new Otocinclus affinis.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC05961.jpg
Views:	21
Size:	76.7 KB
ID:	57938  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC05962.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	82.3 KB
ID:	57941  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC05967.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	79.1 KB
ID:	57943  

catsaqqara is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
foogie
Algae Grower
 
foogie's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 24
Default

black brush/beard algae.

kill it with fire.




..in all seriousness though, I don't think it's harmful, but like nothing eats it so it can take over I guess? most likely from too much light/too much dissolved organics in the water column. soooo... iunno, decrease lighting, do water change and add floating plants?

....and wait for someone to respond here about how to get rid of it. (something about squirting it with excel I think?)

but the main deal is to fix the cause, not the symptom. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will give a better answer. ^_^;
foogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
Darkblade48
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 9,102
Default

Looks like BBA to me as well.

Spot treatment with Excel or hydrogen peroxide will make it turn red and die back, but unless you find the root cause, it will keep coming back.

What is your lighting/fertilizing/CO2 parameters like? Tank specifications would be helpful as well.
__________________
Anthony

A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks
Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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 01:00 AM.


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