Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and i've made some mistakes with my first nano tank. I didn't realise that I had cladophora, I thought it was just normal hair algae and so I left it. It's too late now, it's on all the hardscape and on some plants. I'm pretty sure its cladophora, it's wiry n' woolen-feeling, filamentous, smells awful when you remove it from the water. My tank is old now, coming up to three years. I've beat every other form of algae but this.
My research has told me that balancing the aquarium will not get rid of it. Plants will only outcompete it in pretty low light levels which I have observed. But I need a high light tank for some of the plants I'm keeping. I've been manually removing it but its very difficult to scrub off. Spot-dosing Flourish Excel has kinda worked. The patches that I dose turn white after a few days, but the rest carry on growing. To make any kind of dent, I have to use a lot of the stuff and I only have a small tank, it's putting a lot of strain my plants, fish and shrimp. I can't keep this up.
I haven't yet tried 'Easy Life AlgExit' which some forums have recommended and I'll let you know how that goes.
I've also been looking at blanket weed remover for ponds. Blanket weed is common name for cladophora spp. according to multiple sources i've checked. And they make specific blanket weed algaecides which claim to be fish and plant safe (example here: https://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/p...Lw_wcB#342=813
). Figuring out the dosage for a nano aquarium would be difficult but not impossible. Has anyone ever tried this? Do you think it would be safe? Do you think it would work?
Thanks in advance!
i gots hard water
Tank size:5 gallons
CO2: No, not injected. I use passive co2 though, works well as i have a small tank. Plants often like to pearl.
Lights: chihiros C series
Ferts: just a general fert, tropica premium nutrition. 6 drops a day. And flourish excel ofc
Livestock: 3 otos, 3 amano shrimp, Quite a few MTS (i love them ok), 1 zebra nerite
Plants: Javafern, Crypt. wendtii , Java moss, hydrocotyle tripartita, Bacopa Carolina, Monte carlo. All growing very well.
Substate: Organic potting mix capped with jbl sand