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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-19-2002, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi All i've had my tank going now for about 6 weeks, and algae has come and gone thanks to one pleco and a rubber lip pleco and one otto, thisis a 29g tank
and i been doing 15% water changes every 2 weeks and lately everything has been going well. last week or so i seen some hair algae buildign up on the plants themselves and then on sunday i did my cleaning, and monday night i found hair algae all over my plants and a lot more than normal on the tank itself
any ideas ? i bought 3 more ottos last nite for a total of 4 ottos and 2 plecos
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-19-2002, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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O and i'm running diy co2
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If I had to wager a guess, I'd say your tank has seen a strengthening in nitrifying bacteria and resulted in a nitrate spike. Freshwater tanks cycle fairly quickly, but then slowly build up nitrobacter until they reach maximum levels. Either dilute some of the nutrients or get more plants to consume them!

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The best thing to do when you have algae is water changes, like everyother day. This is what I do and it works!

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Try getting some SAEs. I had a problem with hair algae and they took care of that problem within a week. Also do 20% water change weekly, that should help.

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Thanks guys ill do water changes every week i guess, the 3 new ottos i bought are helping a little i think
i noticed all 4 today on a plant munching away i hope !
also do i have too much co2 ?
my anarceris ? has little water bubbles on there ends
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Pray that you dont ever get this crappola ! :hehe::hehe:
I have been battling this stuff for years. I have had it in all my tanks as I made the mistake of moving landscaping pieces between tanks. This stuff never goes away , you learn to control it is all.
Although I have never had a planted tank till now... Im hoping lots of plants will starve it and keep it controlled.
Fingers crossed ... X

As far as your bloom goes you are definately on the shy side with them water changes... heck I do 30 - 40 % weekly.
If you dont have a python or similar you should RUN not walk to your LFS and get one....
water changes are much more user friendly then ...

Good Luck Soldier :hehe:
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O i have one for sure !!!
i have 12 tanks total
all african cichlids
except for this 29g planted tank
i wanted to give it a whirl
If i can somewhat c o nquer this
ill do a 55g planted tank with discus
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Buck, I've definitely got the stuff. Some Phos-Zorb helped bring it down. Cleaning out my Fluval canister every month or two helps, also. But it never totally goes away. Especially on the gravel, as you've shown, and on older leaves, such as on my prized Anubias Coffeefolia.

I shipped a clipping of my Anubias to my kid brother and he bought some SAE's that cleaned the plant until it was shiny new. I envy him completely. When I go visit next week for Thanksgiving, I'm going to try and bring some SAE's back with me on the airplane.

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Yeh I hear the true SAE's are the only known eaters of this stuff... My Amanos , otto's and Flyin Fox will eat anything out of the stuff but will not actually eat the dang Algae.
Like I said... many years and I have tried everything , oh well .
I am still searching for the elusive SAE myself... cant ever find them here !

I once had a tank setup with slate and one giant piece of wood in it and all I did was keep the algae off the front and 2 sides of tank...the rest was loaded with some quite beautiful tufts of this stuff growing off the log and the entire back wall was almost an inch thick with it and it actually looked eerie in water flow...
It accented my 17 inch Tiger Knife very well as he was the only inhabitant of that tank
The algae had actually penetrated the glass and pitted it so bad I had to throw out the tank !!!

Thats tuff stuff bro :hehe::hehe:
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Try www.azgardens.com for SAE
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