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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-06-2020, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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So it seems I’ve got some staghorn algae.

It appeared suddenly. I kept up with it, removing affected leaves and water changes,and it was ok.

Last week, work got crazy and stressful and I neglected my tank (For 1 week) - I didn’t add any fert, liquid CO2 and did not do my usual midweek 10-15% sand vac & water change.

Now my Anubia Nana Petit are in like a haze of this. And other plants have it on the edges.

Today, I manually removed a LOT of it. But the stuff is stubborn.

I took out some rocks and my larger anubias and scraped them. I cleaned, as much as would come off and cut off leaves of jungle vals and Amazon Swords. And tried to physically scrape them with my fingers.

I also cleaned and weeded all my floaters.

Also scrubbed as much as I could (with melamine sponge) my giant driftwood center piece as my husband was on siphoning duty to reduce stuff getting into the water column.

We ended up doing about a 60% water change.

I am deathly afraid of dosing plants with hydrogen peroxide.

What else can I do to fight staghorn bore I have to resort to that?

(I have also lowered the temp from 78 to 75 over some time, added some liquid CO2, and turned off the “sunrise” mode on my light. )
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