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post #1 of 22 Old 01-31-2012, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Algea growing on plants?

Recently i have noticed short strands of white thread like algae growing on my cabombas.i do not know what this is please help?
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-31-2012, 10:17 AM
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What kind of a light do you have (size, wattage, color temperature in Kelvin for example 6500K)? Size tank?

And also, how long is your light on each day?
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-31-2012, 10:39 AM
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Is this just on the cabombas?
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-31-2012, 04:05 PM
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We need the info already asked for. But in addition, if you can, a photo would help. As far as I know, there is no white algae so this may be something quite different, perhaps a fungus, or some organic-based substance.

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Yeah i dont know what it is ill try to post a pic up soon. my lightis 2 tubes one is 10000k and one 6500k both are 25 watts and my plants are doing excellent it sticks to the stem and leaves of the plant and is strong.it isn't wavy like other algea it just sticks there like nylon.
Boredomb:yes only on the cabombas
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A pic would definitely help but being from what you said it just sounds like roots. Stem plants (like cabombas) will shot off roots from each nodes of the stem even with them planted. The description you gave white straight tough strings coming from the stem makes me think of roots. Now as for the leaves is this actually attached to the leaves or the stem and coming through the leaves?
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post #7 of 22 Old 02-01-2012, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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no it isnt roots it comes from everywhere on the stem and grows on leaves too. i currently dont have a camera ill take a pic as soon as i can.
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post #8 of 22 Old 02-06-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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here are the pics.IMG_9039.jpg
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post #9 of 22 Old 02-07-2012, 01:16 PM
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That may be hair algae, it is green-gray in colour which is what this looks like to me (rather than "white"). Photo below is one example. What is the tank size (need this to relate to the light data), and how long is the light on each day?
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-07-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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the ich medicine is coloring the algae that color but it looks like what u have on the pic i leave my lights on 12-13 hours and my tank is 30g
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