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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! any advice?

I have a 26 gallon planted tank.
flourish trace
flourish iron
flourish excel in place of CO2 (please spare me that i need CO2 i dont have the . money now for even a cheap set up)

I did some work in the tank last weekend, trimmed some, removed one dying plant, filter service etc... Alot of junk was stirred up. i dosed with flourish excel to excess a bit because of black algae growing all over my anubias and crypta parva leaves (this did not work and the black algae is still covering the leaves). The next 2 days i noticed alot of, all i can equate it too looking like is, long peach fuzz all over the leaves of my wisteria (these plants are huge and thriving in my tank). Judging by pics ive seen on line, i am assuming this is hair algae and not a bacteria growth from the junk that was stirred up. 2 (granted poorly taken with a cell phone) pictures attached. Does any one have any advice on what i can do not only about the fuzzy growth on the wisteria but also the black algae on the leaves of the anubias and crypts? I had 2 ottos in there before when i had a diatom outbreak and they wiped it all out, but what is best for the other 2 (types of algae eating fish or treatment). Yes i do my water changes regularly and dont over feed. Any help??????????? Thank you in advance.
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I've heard people of putting the excel directly on the black brush algae and then it dies.

The algae on the plants doesn't look like hair algae to me more of a Silk or stag horn algae.
Could you ID It using

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Can only offer what I might consider.
Might wonder about what type of lighting and duration is being used.
Might consider using only one Seachem product (Flourish comprehensive), along with some macronutrient's.
Can buy macro nutrient's in dry form, and they will last a long time and are cheap.
I bought macronutrient's from or
If substrate is inert,I might consider root tab's as well.
Other's here much more expierienced ,only making suggestion's.
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Yes. i looked at that link and it looks like green beard algae. upon closer inspection, it is starting to grow every where. in the java moss, on the rocks and gravel, plants etc... what can i get that will get rid of it? (eating fish, snails, treatments, etc...) help please. thank you.
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I'm not an expert, but here are some ideas regarding the BBA--

Some folks recommend taking BBA-affected plants and hardscape out and dipping then in, or spraying them with, a 1:4 dilution of excel. I'm going to try this with one of my BBA-covered annubias to see how it responds. I tried this with some crypts that I was moving to a new tank and it killed the algae but the crypts melted shortly after. Unfortunately, I don't know if the melt was caused by the move or the treatment. This time I'm going to have a control group! The only other thing that I know to do with with bba-affected plants is to trim off the affected parts. Trimming can be good for plant health, so I don't feel bad. Even my annubias don't mind having a few leaves snipped off here and there. I've tried using a syringe to squirt excel directly on submerged bba and that has never worked even a little. During my recent rescape, I had bba covered annubias floating in a tub for a week with lots of excel (just guessing 1/2 cup to 20 gal h2o). That took care of the bba but the leaves were damaged where the bba had been, so in the end they got snipped.

Moral of the story--address the cause of the bba and cut out the symptomatic plants. This goes for bba only. Less draconian measures are appropriate for other types of algae.

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