Algae

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-07 19:34

This is a new one on me, it's sort of pale orange on the glass...
I've not had this one before - any ideas?
Sounds like my friend Rei has it too...
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Postby Rei » 2007-11-07 19:41

From the rivers on zanzibar.
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Anyway, I solved my problem, it was algae, i just had to wipe it off and give the tank a good clean up. Also to help with getting rid of it im going to get a shrimp or 2, perfect for keeping with the lotl :)
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-11-07 19:57

D'you mean the stuff on the axolotls' tank? It's not too bad, that :) As I said, just wipe it off and chances are it won't come back (it's the kind that I call the "one time" algae)
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Postby Mudskipper » 2007-11-08 14:31

Yeah browns not to bad. Not like beard, green water, or hair. :bmp:
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-11-08 17:57

hairs fine as long as you dont let it stick....

never really has much brown, exept in the pico reef...
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-08 18:14

Tis gooey looking stuff, will have to find what I did with my magnets.
I didn't expect to get algae, what with the plentiful supply of duckweed flourishing...
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Re: Algae

Postby Mike@AmazonAquatics » 2008-01-09 21:32

Some strains of alage thrive on phosphates rather than nitrates, so although the duckweed will keep the nitraphages down it shouldn't stop the phosphages(?) Just a thought. Algae is fascinated stuff... or so I've been told by my uncle who has spent a lifetime studying it... that's not quite as bad as it sounds, he is an Oceanographer and gets paid to do it, not just some nut who likes looking at algae!!!!

Once hair algae gets established ridding a planted tank of it is hardwork... anyone know an easy way?! I'd love to know!
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Re: Algae

Postby saracen » 2008-01-11 10:47

Unfortunately, the only way I know involves a toothbrush and far too much patience....
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Re: Algae

Postby Mike@AmazonAquatics » 2008-01-12 17:42

There must be some trick to getting rid of hair algae? It's one of the biggest banes of my life at the moment, I've got a planted tank I neglected for over a month (I know it's terrible, but sometimes other things in life are more important) - needless to say hair algae has taken it over. I've plucked off all the Amazon Sword leaves and new ones are starting to come through, but I can't really do that to the Crypts and Anubias can I? The Crypts and Anubias in the tank are amazing and have really come on well, but they are so slow growing I don't want to disturb them too much.

Am even considering using anti-hair algae treatments for the first time in my life (always avoided use of anti-algaes previously), anyone got any experience of those in planted tanks? Any recommendations?
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Re: Algae

Postby susankat » 2008-01-12 20:41

I had hair algae bad from getting plants from someone that had it. A few weeks later I had gotten some American Flag Fish. The algae is gone. Flags eat at it all the time. I have started letting some algae grow in one of the smaller tanks just to put some in there with them to eat.
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Re: Algae

Postby saracen » 2008-01-13 11:39

You know, on another forum a well respected fishy type enthusiast actually created a hair algae disaster tank to document how to deal with it... I will have to see if I can find it.

Or if you want to go searching it was at Tropical Resources by a bloke named Steve Hampton. Unfortunately, I seem to remember, in among the smart things he said, there was still a fair amount of time with a toothbrush....
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