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Is this Cladophora algae?

Hey folks. This is a relatively new algae to me. It hitchhiked in on some HC I bought from a member. Grows in substrate, on bogwood and in HC and on some Rotala goias so far. Its starting to spread pretty fast. I think its Clado but really don't know. Can you help ID. TIA! bob

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its clado. And i hate it.

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Thanks Ry. Me too! I finally get some HC to take and this stuff comes unglued. If it takes 40 Amanos to nuke it, I'm going to pony up.





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i had 2 amanos in my tank already and they have nibbles at the clado. When I had the cherries in there by themselves they didnt touch it. Or if they did touch it the clado grew faster than they can eat it. So I did notice a difference when I added the amanos in just not so drastic though. So I added 3 more today. Im hoping they will eat all this clado.

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that's exactly what my substrate looks like...flourite, a little bit of hc, and CLADO. I got it from a member in a moss, I hate it. I have 7 amanos in my 20gal and they're keeping it cut, but I don't think they'll get rid of it.
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Man, it's exactly the same crap that I have. Still figuring out how to get rid of it.
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I'm assuming since this stuff is so tough that a potassium permanganate dip will not kill it? I don't have it and I don't want it, but if it's going to hitchhike in on plants, how can it be prevented?

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Good topic, betowess...especially since it makes me think I really do have bushy BBA and not clado .

So, how is clado different from hair algae? I would have guessed it were a type of hair algae....though perhaps clado is a type of hair algae?

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Count your blessings Brian. At least BBA has an easy cure with Excel squirts, although it does come back. I guess I'm going to start stealing bigger Amanos from my 90 gallon to put in this 65 gallon... and go buy another 10 or 15 to use between both tanks. I had some of this clado in my 90 too, but I don't see it anymore - so I think Amanos can control or eliminate it. I have around 8 to 10 Amanos in the 90 gallon at present.





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Bad news and possible good news

Well, the bad news is I now know I have clado that explains why my dwarf riccia is no longer with me.

However I noticed this in a tank that has been on ignore status for quite some time. I have had it for at least 2 months, however it has not grown, at least that I can tell.

It is in a low tech tank, I have really hard water so that may be a factor, but my guess is the Naja grass I have in there is competing with it. I do have a few cherrys in there but not a lot, other inhabitants are endlers and a rouge swordtail or two. unfortunately when you have naja grass you cant get rid of that either. . .
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Ack, I can't see the images due to smartfilter here at work.

Can someone please post the clado image here on PT?

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One way to kill it is hygrogen peroxide. It's a delicate balance between killing the algae and killing the plants and fish though. This is definitely the suckiest algae there is. How large of a tank is this?


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Well, mine is 65 gallon with it in it. But I'm going to try the Amano route, even if it costs me $100, rather than a re-start. Seems my Amanos took care of the little bit which was in the 90 gallon on the HC it hitchhiked in with. And I only had 3 or 4 big female Amanos in that tank (total of ~ 10 shrimps). So maybe 20 or 30 could make a serious dent. I don't care if I eradicate it, as long as they can control it.





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Mine turns white and disappears with Excel spot treatment, though it mostly occurs in my 10 gal Cherry tank, so maybe it doesn't technically "disappear."

But it always comes back...

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H2O2 wouldn't even kill mine. I was trying to get it off of some wood in a container, so I used like 10x the recommended dosage. No effect.

A large number of amanos are the only thing I've ever tried that finally worked.
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