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 Post subject: need help !!!!!!!!!!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:07 am 
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I have some kinda feather algae growing in my tank, it's taking over - how can I get rid of it with out harming my other plants ??? lotzzo


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:38 pm 
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if it's growing on the plants, prune off those leaves. If it's on the whole plant, get some snails such as malaysian trumpets or ramshorns. They will eat the algae without harming the plants.

An ancistrus pleco or an otocinclus cat would work too. They won't harm your plants and will scrape any decorations clean.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:34 pm 
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is it black feather like algae or green?

black would be black beard algae which is caused from excessive and and or fluctuating levels of co2 or organic carbon from injection and or water changes. whenever you change or vary your amount of co2 from day to day or week to week its a clear trigger for bba bloom try and find the ideal co2 injection rate (that is if you have co2) and keep it as consistent as possible. BBA it also tends to grow on hard scape materials such as wood and rocks when there is an excess of light (wattage) or too long of a photo period. you can use flourish excel to get rid of the bba that is there and keep your co2 consistent or do smaller water changes to keep it from coming back. a water change gives you tank a shoot of co2 when water is fresh from the tap.

its its green and feathery it is most likely cladophora algae This algae doesn't appear to be slimy. Threads are very strong and very thin. It grows on rocks and submersed wood exposed to direct light, and in extreme cases will grow on plants also. Usually it tends to stay on one spot, which makes it easy to remove. Comb it with a clean toothbrush and dose more CO2 either gas or liquid organic forum such as sechems flourish excel.

I'm sorry to say that snails and plecos wont help you here No algae eater is known to eat either of these kinds of algae.

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