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Another algae ID post

I have this algae in my 15g and I think it is hair but not sure . It is on the edges of the broad leaf plants...anubias,java fern ,etc . It grows with a few strands coming from a single point and spaced along the edge of leaf . Any help appreciated .
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Staghorn. Check your fertilizer parameters.
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Thanks , will do .

After some more research I believe it is thread algae . It doesn't have the branching that staghorn has , but the way the pics are it looks like it does . It just comes straight off the leaf edge two or three from one spot on the leaf . I looks like roots in a way , but I don't think so....lol I am going to treat it as thread and see what I can do with it . Thanks for the help .

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After some more research I believe it is thread algae . It doesn't have the branching that staghorn has , but the way the pics are it looks like it does . It just comes straight off the leaf edge two or three from one spot on the leaf . I looks like roots in a way , but I don't think so....lol I am going to treat it as thread and see what I can do with it . Thanks for the help .
I've been in your position. What matters is the color and length. Thread algae is green and long. Red algae (staghorn and bba) has a tendency to latch onto the edges of leaves when they are dying or lacking the correct ferts to grow properly.
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I have BBA too....lucky me , but I will have to look tomorrow to see what color it is for sure . I think it was a dark color , but I wan't paying that much attention to the color at the time . I have looked at hundreds of pics of "thread" algae and none look like what I have . This drawing is the closest I can do.......
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I'm still leaning towards red algae. Check your nitrate and TDS levels. Red algae seems to love dirty tanks. I've found that staghorn also likes high iron (above 1.0ppm).

Clean your tank and filter all the way through (but do t rinse the bio media).

Make sure your phosphate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and micros are in balance with your nitrate levels as well.
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I think I have gotten a handle on balancing this tank . The algae has stopped spreading . I am hitting it with Glut and it is dying . It turns red and is hard to get off leaves . I have been pulling dying/covered leaves , and the Platys are eating it some , but what else can I do to get it off the plants after it dies ? Maybe just let it decompose on its own . I have very low nitrates and do dose nitrogen some so added decomposing material is not a major concern. Anyway here is a pic...darnest stuff I have ever dealt wit...lol
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My guess is staghorn algae. Known to be tough to get rid of and very tough to remove physically. I used hydrogen peroxide to get rid of it and balancing of the tank to keep it from coming back. Peroxide is probably way cheaper then what you are using but what you are doing does seem to be killing some of it off so keep it up. I would just wait for it to die off and release then to try and pull it off.
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I know peroxide is cheaper , but I dose Excel anyway so Just a mater of turning off filters,spot dose,wait a while,turn filters back on . Thanks for the tips , though .

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