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three leaf clovers taking over surface

i have a 125 running co2 and about 2.2wpg from t-5s and t-8s. lately, these tiny little three leaf clovers, with a very thin stem are taking over the surface. there are thousands of these in my tank and are constantly being blown around by my powerhead and are clogging my filters. i believe they started out as tiny tiny tiny dots.

the plants i have in my tank are rotala indica, lim aromatica, stargrass, wisteria, green temple, and some vals, swords, and crypts. at first i thought these must be rotala indica, but they sopped growing after they got to a certain size (which is still very small). i need to get rid of these. thanks
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Too bad they aren't four leaf clovers.



This stuff?
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Too bad they aren't four leaf clovers.



This stuff?
yeah thats it. if not its almost identicle. how do i kill it!
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When you do a WC, take your gravel vac, turn it upside down while the water is flowing, and have the end of it barely underneath the water surface. It'll suck the duckweed in.

Likewise, you can do it with a wet/dry vac.

Diligent removal of any duckweed you see will hopefully prevent it from coming back, but it'll take a LONG time. Even the tiniest bit (one piece) will come back in full force if you're not careful.

Good luck!
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Really intense surface movement killed it for me.


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thanks. i really waited too late! its covering my whole 125! ill try to get it all out and point my powerhead at the surface. looks like im in for an all out war. at least this is better than algae i guess.
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Why kill it? Just thin it a lot so your other plants get lots of light. It is great for keeping unwanted algae at bay.

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
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Why kill it? Just thin it a lot so your other plants get lots of light. It is great for keeping unwanted algae at bay.
yeah, this is why i let it grow at first. to let it suck up nutrients. i dont mind it blocking the light, as i have mostly medium light plants (although i dont care for the greenish yellow hue it adds to everything). but the problem is that anytime my piranha eat pellets or fill their swim bladders it gets caught up in the current and goes all over the tank and hundreds go strait into my filter intakes...and now that its covering the whole surface they are constantly floating around even without help from the fish.
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Ya mine does too adds some interest to the tank. lol
Besides my goldfish love when I thin that stuff out. So Ill keep mine just for them. My tanks are about my fish first and plants second anyways.

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