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Well, my plants are showing growth in both the roots and the leaves. I am tickled pink! I like the fine leaves of the hornwort but I'm having to pinch it back frequently and that tank has only been up for just over a week. The wisteria is sending out tons of roots and the anachris has wonderful new growth at the tips. The one thing that worries me is the micro swords. They have algae growing on them. Will a pair of Oto's help with that?
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With stems, the more frequent pruning you do of them, usually the newer growth is more dense with shorter leaves. This is good if you want to get that nice bushy effect. You sorta need to 'train' the into it with patience and pruning.


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Microsword usually has cladophora growing in it (green bristly clumps). Otos won't eat that stuff, I don't know of anything that will, just keep pulling it out relentlessly. You can also try squirting some Flourish Excel right onto the algae from a med syringe, while the filter is off (I think I heard it'll temporarily kill clado), but do a small test area first and watch the microsword, some plants don't appreciate full strength Excel blasts any more than algae does.

If it is black hairs or sort of dust that doesn't wipe off, it's black brush algae and means you have too much light per the amount of CO2 in the water. You can either shorten your light schedule, add CO2, or dose Excel per the directions on the bottle. The direct Excel squirt will also kill it quickly, but the daily doses per instructions can keep it away permanently.

If it's a brown coating of slime or dust that wipes off, it's brown diatoms and is normal for a new tank, will disappear on it's own.


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If it's cladophora algae, a large number of amanos will get rid of it if it's not a bad infestation of it. The problem is finding a home for the abundance of shrimp you have after the problem is cleared up. Oh, and hungry amanos will sometimes munch on plants.
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Figures, one I didn't mention. It's some kind of fuzz algae. Are these microswords new? If so, I would clip the old infected blades off as new blades sprout up, with new plants there is a greater chance of handling damage which releases nutrients through the cell wall and encourages localized algae growth. The worse off blades seem to be partially emersed growth as well, which is the usual with commercially bought miscrosword, these emersed blades can't adapt to submersion and need to be replaced by new submersed growth anyway, they are probably dying off during acclimation and the alage is there to reap the benefits.

Also check your nitrate and make sure you aren't missing any(this is a low tech tank with no CO2 and ferts, right?). I would also start daily Flourish Excel dosing, this should have a double wammy effect as it encourages outcompeting plant growth and contains gluteraldahyde which is an algaecide.

Fuzz algae can be a tricky one but if you attack it from a few different angles, and make sure there are nutrients available for plant growth, it usually goes away eventually. Sometimes, clipping infected leaves is enough, sometimes it takes more effort. The overall balance of the tank can have a lot to do with it, so it could also be a new tank thing for you. I have a bunch of it in one of my tanks right now, it's balance has been all out of wack since moving it to a new address, and tearing it up for a complete rescape recently.


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