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Help identifying a strange, alien… plant?

I recently noticed a strange growth extending from the driftwood in my 15g high tech planted tank. Out of curiosity, I let it grow, but I still can't identify it.

It has a pale greenish-white hue, almost translucent, and each "frond" resembles a string of beads. It seems soft and flowy and reminds me of a sea anemone.

I tried to get a few pics of it. It occurs in 2 places on my driftwood that contain some algae and are exposed to high light towards the top of the tank. I put my black algae scraper behind it in one pic to give it some contrast.

Any ideas? Does it pose any threats to my ember tetras or rcs?
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Looks like staghorn algae to me

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staghorn algae first thing i thought of also.


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Apply some hydrogen peroxide with a syringe. If you need something stronger try a little bit of Glutaraldehyde. Be carefull with the amounts. Good luck
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100% staghorn! One of the easier algae to control


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That's .. Kinda cool

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Lol that's what I said, that's why I let it grow
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Thanks guys, definitely looks like staghorn. I knew I would get quick and accurate feedback here.

How much hydrogen peroxide would I apply to get rid of it?
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Not much peroxide is needed. Use a syringe or pipette to apply it to the algae underwater. No more than 3 mL per gallon per day should be put into the aquarium. Use the peroxide you can buy from the pharmacy.

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i searched this for hours a few days ago. it's a fungus that eat dead wood once it enters water. if it annoys you, scrub it off, either way, eventually it will run out of nutrients and die off.

edit: nvm i looked closer at the pic, and it is staghorn hahaha

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With wood, won't the driftwood be gone before the fungus runs out of fuel?

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no, IME the driftwood only has the first few surface layers eaten off by the fungus before the fungus dies off
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IME stag horn algae grows because of transient ammonia spikes. If you maintain the status quo it'll just grow back again after you treat it with h2o2. Space out your feedings (smaller, more frequent feedings) and check your water flow you shouldn't have any future outbreaks.

H2o2 1ml/gal via direct syringe application followed by Excel (glutaraldehyde) will kill it off pretty quickly. I use 1ml/2 gal glutaraldehyde in my tanks and have very little problems w my shrimp and fish, but you can try 1ml/5 gal or 1ml/10gal to be safe.

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