The Planted Tank Forum banner

1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
568 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
here is the situation....
i have a ton of hair algae growing on my flame moss and HC...
i was thinking about pulling the moss and HC and doing a h2o2 dip.
the problem i am running into is that i have a berried blue pearl that just
does not want to leave the affected moss. my guess is the security as she is pretty hidden. she should be due anytime now since i can see the eyes on the eggs. if i wait until she has her shrimplets, they will probably stay in the moss, if i pull her out she might drop the eggs. i am not intentionally breeding the shrimp, so its not a "big" deal if she drops them but i would love it if my first berried female was successful..
so basically do i deal with the hair algae and see what happens or should i just cut my losses, take my chances on moving her and go ahead with the treatment?
whats your thoughts?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
292 Posts
If you wait, you'll have 50 shrimp in the moss, not just one! lol That'd being said, I hate for something to happen to her or for her to drop early if you move her....Really tough call!!! Sorry, that wasnt much help
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
432 Posts
Whole tank h2o2 treatment. I think it's like 2ml per gallon(look that up to be safe), once a day for a week, then water change. Repeat until algae is gone. You can even "inject" the h2o2 directly on the algae for a more precise treatment, just be careful around that pregnant shrimp. I personally don't do the water change because h2o2 takes less than 24 hours to break down to water and oxygen. Neither one can harm anything in a tank.lol.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 4 Beta
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
432 Posts
Some algae types are less affected by h2o2, so if you do the oral syringe treatment, 99% of it will only hit the hair algae and other algae in the tank won't be affected much, if at all.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 4 Beta
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
56 Posts
maybe i will just try to trim down the hair algae and keep it at a decent height until i see what happens with the shrimp
I'm no where near being an expert but your idea seems safest. I also like the idea of cutting the lights. Neither one will harm the shrimp. Once the babies are established go ahead and attack the algae. Algae is ugly but not harmful unless it starts choking out your plants.
My two cents,
Rodney
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
568 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
I'm no where near being an expert but your idea seems safest. I also like the idea of cutting the lights. Neither one will harm the shrimp. Once the babies are established go ahead and attack the algae. Algae is ugly but not harmful unless it starts choking out your plants.
My two cents,
Rodney
thats the funny part,,, its not choking out my flame moss at all...
actually my moss is the greenest it has ever been,lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,463 Posts
If you have time to burn, you can just manually pull out as much as you can. I had it for the first time a month ago, and i just pull/pluck it out, and havnt seen it really grow back since.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
568 Posts
yeah,, i plan on doing that today and see how it goes

started cleaning out the hair algae manually,,,, and i think i found what might be aiding the growth,,,, as i was pulling it out i found a lot of dead flame moss underneath the live stuff... hopefully i can get rid of all the dead stuff and most of the hair algae this way... then i can let the plants and fish over run it and keep it minimal... well back to pulling

well now it seems i have removed 90 to 95% of the hair algae... hopefully the plants i have can over take the algae for nutrients...

plus now that it is mostly gone, my rainbow stiphodons seem to be attacking the short strands of hair algae.. now it will be just wait and see ...

thanks for all the help
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top