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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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gross! Is this algae?

My pennywort has all these really long hairs coming off of it. they almost look like spider webs. It's not the roots. Then you'll see at the bottom right there's a clump of it and it's kind if green. What is it? I'm scared to touch the plant because it's mysterious and grossing me out.
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That is algae through what form I don't know. Kind of looks like Staghorn to me. Getting rid of algae can be tricky and I will that to the experts here. Through if it is just on this plant I would personally just take it out and throw it away but that's just me.
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Thanks! Yeah, I looked up staghorn algae and I think that's what it is. I think I might just throw away that plant because it's starting to look bad anyway. I'm starting to get some on my green myrio, too but I think I'll also just throw that away because it started looking pretty bad recently as if my snails are eating it. blah. But yes, anyone else who can chime in please do. I want to make sure I can get rid of it if it starts to spread to other plants.
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1) Improve light, CO2, nutrition for the plant to grow better.
2) Hand remove all possible algae.
3) Wait for it to come back, and treat.

Here is one way with a few variations:
Hydrogen Peroxide (the 3% version that is commonly sold): 1ml/gallon of tank size is generally safe. You could try 1.5ml/gal, but that can be risky. I would not use this much with delicate plants or fish.
Excel: Use the 'loading dose' as the max unless you have plants that cannot handle it. Anacharis, Valisneria and a few others can only handle the regular dose as a max.

Figure out the maximum dose of one or the other based on your tank size.
Put that much in a syringe (no needle) or eye dropper.
Turn off all the equipment.
Squirt a little bit into each mass of algae. You might or might not get around to all of it before you run out of product. That is OK, treat the next areas tomorrow.
Wait half an hour, then turn on the pumps, bubblers, power heads.

Next day: Do at least 25% water change, more is better.
Repeat the treatment.
You can continue treating, always remembering to do a water change between every treatment. You could alternate the treatments, again, 25% minimum water change and 24 hours between treatments.
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Thanks, Diana. I don't use ferts or CO2 because it's a soil-based tank. Someone experienced in soil based tanks said she never used ferts or CO2 because they weren't needed with the nutrients in the soil. I try to have my lights on for 7-8 hours but that doesn't always happen because I don't turn them on until I get home from work and sometimes it's later than others. If I turned the lights on in the morning I'd have to turn them off shortly after I got home from work because that would be about 10 hours. Then I couldn't enjoy my tank when I'm home at night.
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Get a cheap timer from Home Depot and then you can program them to come on a few hours before you get home and go off around bed time. The timer will help you adjust them to a consistent schedule and help for vacations, etc.

Good luck with the algae treatment, I bet with a little work you wont have to throw away that plant, should be treatable with others suggestions.
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