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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Help: GHetting rid of stalked organisms


I have a 4 gallon I set up 6 weeks ago with a java fern, cobra grass, a generic swordplant, vallisneria and a crypto bronze, and a Betta from an older tank, looks generaly underplanted. Plain sand substrate, with just a little bit of mulm in it, from an older tank. DIY C02 from a 200 ml bottle, and a 30 watt compact fluorescent bulb, 12 to 14 hours a day. No test kits, but tap water is hard (I fight more limescale than I fight algae), and plants are pearling and showing healthy growth, except for cobra grass (brazilian lillaeopsis).

I have a little spot algae and hair algae, no problem for me, and most of the rocks and some plant leaves are covered by a brownish red slime, that snails are taking care of. But I noticed some tuffty things growing everywhere, most noticieable on leave edges.

Took them under the microscope, and they are some kind of stalked organisms. I am almost sure it is epistylis. The snails won't eat it, and it is making my tank look dirty. It is easy to remove from the glass, but very hard to remove from plants.

żAny idea of how I can get rid of it?

Thanks a lot.
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I'm not sure about stalked organisms, but from your description it sounds like BBA. Check here to identify it. If it is in fact BBA, consistent C02 at 30ppm will take care of it.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 04:26 PM
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Could be Hydra too.

Moved to Tucson.
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