Why do I still have staghorn?????
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

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-04-2006, 02:46 PM   #1
Planted Member
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 195

Why do I still have staghorn?????

I know that the cause of staghorn is ammonia and low co2. I have been checking my ammonia and co2 levels everyday for the last week and the results are; co2=35ppm ammonia=0ppm. Can someone tell me why am I still getting staghorn??? Its growing out of control in my tank.
EliteFishy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 08-04-2006, 04:07 PM   #2
Planted Tank Guru
Hoppy's Avatar
PTrader: (79/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 19,536

First, you need to remove all of the algae from the tank, as near as you can. Prune leaves you can't clean up, clean the substrate surface, clean the hardware and hardscape, and do a big water change. Then, realize that you can't measure the ammonia that will trigger algae to bloom - the plants will use it pretty fast, the level will be low, and it will not be uniform in the water. Are you using any form of substrate fertilizing? Have any fish died or just disappeared? Are there lots of dead decaying leaves in the tank? All of those could contribute ammonia spikes. How about fish load - is it high? Fish waste also contributes ammonia spikes.

Do you have good water circulation around the tank? You can do this with the filter output, by directing it so it makes the water circulate well, or you can add a powerhead to get more circulation. Poor circulation will cause you to have areas of the tank with low CO2.

Once you are convinced you have no sources of ammonia, good water circulation, and the algae in the tank is removed, you can work on the CO2. Raise the bubble rate by about a third, then watch the fish carefully to see if they behave differently, showing they are affected by the CO2. Also watch for new algae growths. If no new algae growths start, you are done, but if they do, and the fish are still happy, raise the bubble rate again and repeat. This may take a month of experimenting until you can see that the algae are no longer restarting after you clean out the growths. This worked pretty well for me.
Hoppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-04-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
Planted Member
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 195

I have diy co2 so I dont think I can raise the bubble rate. I had 3 diy co2 but my fish started to gasp at the surface so now I only have two. I have 25 neons but I just got them couple days ago and the algea has been there for a while.
EliteFishy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Location. As precise as you feel comfortable with.
Security Question
While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, John and his friend Sally both spotted a dalmatian inside of a truck with sirens. The animal with John and Sally is a _ _ _?
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


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 06:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012