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My planted tank has been running well for a while now, but I suddenly have an explosion of filamentous green algae. It is very long, maybe 8 inches and over, and very limp. For that reason its hard to get a hold of to remove. It looks like green slime when you pull it out.

Are there any conditions that this algae particularly likes? Does anything eat it?
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sounds like blue green algae...aka cyanobacteria.

remove a little, and see if it has a strong odor (I describe it as sweet & pungent).
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To me that description sounds really more like hair algae. I get those in my (nutrient-wise) neglected tank. Do you have some specs and parameters for your tank, other than that it has been running "for a while now"? :mrgreen:


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Well, it's a 58 gallon well planted tank, pretty much filled with vegetation; nice glosso carpet, and a lot of stem plants. I use 3 vho bulbs and inject pressurized CO2 into a reactor inline with a Eheim canister.

I have been working with PMDD to try to understand the nutrient requirements of the tank, sorry I don't have any number at hand (I'm at work).

The one other oddity of the tank is that lately I have had problems with pale leaves, particularly with anubias, that had been bomb-proof for me previously. No amount of iron supplement seems to have any effect either.
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Where is the slime in the tank. What is it on? Glosso? Front of Glass? Pictures?

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It started on the top of the front glass. Then spread to the uppermost lighted plant parts, and is starting to fill the whole tank...
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What is your CO2 level? If you can safely raise it that might help the plants outcompete the hair algae.
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For a high light tank like this you need to have a good grasp on your macro nutrients. Pale leaves can be a sign of NO3 deficiency. Algae can too. What are your NO3/PO4 levels? Are you dosing potassium?


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I only suggested BGA because my hair/thread algae has never been 'slimey'.
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Hey, I picked up 4 flagfish and a couple of small rosy barbs. Algae gone!

Now I hope I don't have to worry about them eating the plants....
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I'm trying to get rid of mine with shrimp So far things aren't improving.
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I'm trying to get rid of mine with shrimp So far things aren't improving.
I have been trying with shrimp as well, I think they became an expensive lunch though for some of my fish as I have yet to see them in awhile (only 2, and small, but I assume lunch.)

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Yes, I have a nice collection of shrimp, but I guess you really need a zillion to do the job. I can't believe how fast the fish cleaned up the tank.
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Yeah, they are HARD workers, doing the best they possibly can, but they're so small I'm going to try things like nutrient deprivation and no lighting for a day or more, or maybe even shortened photo periods. Any other advice, or comments on what I've said? Thankyou, I'm really despirate here :'(
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