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After all these yrs: My first algae
Old 11-18-2009, 04:24 PM   #11
 
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Nice article Byron.
Like I said up top, I am very certain its not brush algae nor cyanobacteria, am very positive its Thread or Hair Algae, also as you know I neither use CO2 nor fertilizer so I KNOW i'm not overdosing that sorta stuff. I also read up on the blackout breaks, however all I found in several articles pointed out that breaks less then 4hrs are not sufficiently working against algae growth.
My CO2 is going back & forth between 6-8 mg/l because of the KH going back & forth between 3-4. So if anything that's too little atm.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:26 PM   #12
 
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@angel079 My tanks been setup for about 20 years now. yes there are fish in there. I only started having the green hair algae for about 3 months.
That's very interesting, so the hair algae is not only occurring in new tank systems (which I could see why because of the whole bacterial system adjusting and balancing itself out; but you're far past that step).
Around the time (or rather before) this started happening to you, what had you changed in the tank (new plants, decor etc)? OR another interesting factor could be: Did your source water change?
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:40 PM   #13
 
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All I know is it started during the summer. I haven't added any new plants or fish. The water source is a constant which is treated Lake Michigan water. Ferts, lights and Excel have all been a constant. But now that I think of it, I did try adding the ferts twice a week instead of once. But I can't remember if that was before or after the hair algae appeared. I figured the algae spores came in the summer water supply.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:46 PM   #14
 
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Change in either brand/ dose/ regularity can enhance algae growth, don't have to but can...How bad is it? I mean just a few here & there or half a tank covered in it??
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #15
 
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After two weeks I usually have a peice or two the size of a cotton ball. But once I had a plant covered with it. I just threw the entire plant out. I just looked in the tank and see two clumps again.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:26 PM   #16
 
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Try taken plants that are overtaken by the algae out into you tub and spray them down, possible use a FINE bristle brush (toothbrush) and wipe the algae off, that should get rid of it, at least for the moment. I'd hate to see you starting to throw all plants away.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:06 PM   #17
 
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Ok, so I kept researching anything I could find on this white/ smoky film on the water surface and as Byron suggested earlier all I could really find as 'common cause' is lack of surface agitation and most places suggest to add a airstone in there for the bubbles to pretty much destroy is.

That I don't want cause I highly doubt its beneficial for the plants at all.

Now I have a normal Eheim 2213 and I have placed the outlet pipe on the short side of the tank now angled down so the whole in the pipe closest to the hose is just barley under water and therefore moves the top of the water around w/out spraying out or from above the water in.

Think that'll do the trick??? (that's if anyone understood my explanation now lol)
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:14 PM   #18
 
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The topic of surface disturbance was talked about in this thread.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...ed-tank-32359/

Your options are: point the spray bar at the surface, get a surface skimmer for your cannister, run an air stone at night, use a HOB filter to stir up the surface or the ever popular choice I learned in school, "do nothing".
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:13 PM   #19
 
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Uhm that's a no on the skimmer, cause I'll stock the tank soon.
Its a double no no on the HOB cause I very much so dislike them.
And like I said earlier I highly double the air stone will be beneficial for my plants.

So I changed the sprayer and will *do nothing*.

I learned there's a LOT things happening during cycling and the more you 'mess' with it while cycling the worst it actually is IMO for a stable system. My 'not messing with things' had served me well over the years
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:59 AM   #20
 
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Just a trivia bit on algae... it probably spreads through the air. Spores blown in on the wind, on clothing, and so on.
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