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Old 03-04-2004, 08:31 PM   #1
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I have some weird cobwebby stuff on some of my moneyworts. In that area where it is, the plants leaves all are dying and comming off. It looks like I haven't dusted in ages! Except it's in a tank. I tried to take some pics, but they didn't turn out.

Anyone have any similar experiences?
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Old 03-05-2004, 01:07 AM   #2
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It's probably the start of hair or string algae...
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Hmm. Well i've got a few strans of hair algae on a couple plants, but it looks nothing like this. Literally, you'd think it was cobwebbs. I tried so hard to get a picture last night, but nothing is comming out.
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Then it's string algae. Some people refer to it as thread algae.
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Well whatever it is just killed one of my moneyworts. I came home from work, and the one plant with the most of the cobbwebby stuff was rotted in half, and floating on the surface. When I grabbed it, kinda melted in my hand.
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Eeep :!: That sure doesn't sound like algae. Does the cobwebby stuff have any color to it? If not, it might be some sort of aquatic saprophyte...like a fungus.

It is always hard to tell "cause and effect," but given what you have said here, you might want to get the stuff out of your tank, even at the expense of removing a few infected (infested?) plants.


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Well whatever it is just killed one of my moneyworts. I came home from work, and the one plant with the most of the cobbwebby stuff was rotted in half, and floating on the surface. When I grabbed it, kinda melted in my hand.
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It's white, kinda like cobwebbs. It only seems to be on the moneywort on the right side of the tank, nowhere else. No other plants.
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Old 03-06-2004, 10:14 PM   #8
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I'll say it for the last time, and you can take it for what it's worth: I believe it's thread algae. Your moneywort was likely dying already, and any algae will find the most suitable substrate on which to latch. But that's just one guy's opinion. I look forward to the conclusion of this thread to find out what, in fact, it is. Best of luck.
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i have the exact same problem with my whorled penny wort....it is exactly what you are refering to, i got rid of a lot of mine by "pruning" off the leaves that had it, but then it came back....im going to invest in some amano shrimp, see if they eat it. if you find a solution, please share
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I'll say it for the last time, and you can take it for what it's worth: I believe it's thread algae. Your moneywort was likely dying already, and any algae will find the most suitable substrate on which to latch. But that's just one guy's opinion. I look forward to the conclusion of this thread to find out what, in fact, it is. Best of luck.
The weird thing is that it's only dying in the areas where this stuff is. One plant the op is OK, but the middle-bottom has this stuff on it. You touch it and the leave falls off, but you actually have to pull the leaves off the top. Two shorter ones in the back of the group are completely gone, I pulled them out last night.
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cruizer, does this sound familiar?

To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: fungus, disease, algea on Java and african fern?
From: Walter Wu <Chunker at worldnet_att.net>
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 20:47:51 -0400

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I'm having some tough luck keeping both the Java fern (microsorum
pteropus) and the African water fern (bolbitis heudelotii). What's
happening is that they develop grayish-brown spots which enlarge and
then the leaf or stem rots away. If you look closely, you can often
see fine "threads" (of fungus?) on these spots. It affects new and old
leaves and if the "infected leaf" comes within contact of the leaf of
another plant, such as an Amazon sword, that leaf becomes infected too.
I've lost a couple really nice bolbitis plants and a few microsorum
plants already.


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I'll say it for the last time, and you can take it for what it's worth: I believe it's thread algae. Your moneywort was likely dying already, and any algae will find the most suitable substrate on which to latch. But that's just one guy's opinion. I look forward to the conclusion of this thread to find out what, in fact, it is. Best of luck.
The weird thing is that it's only dying in the areas where this stuff is. One plant the op is OK, but the middle-bottom has this stuff on it. You touch it and the leave falls off, but you actually have to pull the leaves off the top. Two shorter ones in the back of the group are completely gone, I pulled them out last night.
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