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Old 05-14-2013, 04:00 PM   #61
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Hi, I still have green algae everywhere, but bga is gone.
As for plants jafa fern is ok so far, but my fish started to eat anubias
I thought they will not because the leaves are hard, but no, that did not stop them
Can anyone suggest any other plants? or should I just stick to java fern
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #62
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Also please advise what ferts do I need of any
Thank you
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:15 AM   #63
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Hi, i have had java fern for about a month now, thankfully fish does not touch it and it was doing fine, but i have noticed that it is covered with some type of "hair" or moss now.
Please help me get rid of it and save my fern.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:15 AM   #64
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Looks like BBA to me. Hydrogen Peroxide/excel spot treatments can kill it, but you have to figure out what caused it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #65
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I have no idea what has caused this, I just got rid of BGA and now I have this
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:44 PM   #66
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Well I actually think we still have the original problem, which is that you have the wrong fish for a planted tank, especially that Silver Dollar. That fish is well known to eat plants. Plus, when you first got it from the store it was probably 2 inches long. However, its adult size is 6 inches! It really should be in a 30 gallon tank, not a 15 gallon tank.

And your clown loach? It can get up to SIXTEEN INCHES. Thus, a 75 gallon tank is recommended, definitely not a 15 gallon tank. I'd have a talk with your kids and return the fish to the store - I had to have a similar talk with my kids and they agreed 3 jumbo platy had to go back since they were too aggressive in our tank - kids bounce back quickly from that kind of thing, but a clown loach won't ever bounce back from being in a 15 gallon tank.

Your columbian and neon tetra are fine though.

Before thinking plants, I'd definitely re-think the fish. Once that's all done and cycled, then you can think about what's best for the plants and how to beat back algae issues and such.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #67
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Thanks for your reply, at this point I have only 1 silver dollar, 3 neons, and 2 columbians, the rest have died after BGA
I noticed they don't touch fern, and it even has some new leaves, so hopefully this will work
I just need to do sth about algae
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:01 PM   #68
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Well I hate to say it, but the silver dollar probably hasn't eaten the fern yet only because black beard algae tastes the worst out of all the algae, apparently. It's kind of a standoff, haha.

And definitely do a water change and put a charcoal filter pad in your filter for a day to get all the algae-killing medicine out of the water once you're done with it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #69
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You should really lose that Silver Dollar. It will eat your plants and it needs a much larger tank. It's cruel keeping it in a 15 gallon. Seriously.
I've had some success treating BBA on my Java ferns by directly applying Seachem Excell (API CO2Booster will also work, that's what the chains where I live carry) with a syringe to the ferns.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #70
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what also can help, it might seem strange:
- do 1/3th water change
- remove as much algae as possible
- cut the light completely
- wrap alluminiumfoil (is this english?) around your aquarium for 3 days

(fish and all invertebrates can survive, no problem)

after 3 days repeat.

important: absolutely no ligt, that will kill these algae
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:23 AM   #71
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I had the silver dollar for while now feel bad to give it away, this is why i want to try everything first, tank is probably 20-25 gal, will try to measure it too, is there any chemical that can kill algae? What about algae eating shrimp? Thank you
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #72
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Please help, I am using Algaefix (API) once a week, the BBA is almost gone but now Java Fern has black spots on the leaves and is not doing that well
Is this normal?
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #73
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might be cladphora, might be staghorn

if what you've now got is cladophora algae, ... it's brittle, ... pulling it out of the tank, it stinks

haven't heard of anything reliable that gets rid of it.

if what you've got is staghorn, it's got more of a blue hint to it than the green of cladophora, it's also tougher, ... i haven't looked into it that seriously, but from what i remember it's easier to manage.
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