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Beginner needing plant help!
Old 09-14-2010, 11:49 AM   #11
 
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If you have another way to test the water, it would be a good idea..

I've heard those live meters aren't exactly accurate.

I use the exact same lights... I use 2 over a 10 gallon, and leave it on for 12 hours a day with no problems...

Lowering the light duration should still work though.
How is the tank stocked?
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:21 PM   #12
 
i had the same black algae on my amazon sword and pygmy chain sword. On byrons advice i cut back the lighting by 1.5 hrs per day and started fertilising with flourish. I also think that because I had my light to come on around lunchtime til the evening time, the tank was getting a few hours a day of dim natural light, which may have been contributing. I've now adjusted my light regime to closer to that of the natural light (which unfortunately means less viewing time in the evenings). This algae has stopped spreading now and seems in check. I found that the only way to actually get rid of the existing algae was to remove badly affected leaves and get a couple of amano shrimp, which did a good job of eating most of it.
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:20 AM   #13
 
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I have cut my lights down to about 8-10 hours per day now and the algae seems to have slowed growth, but is there anyway to reverse the damage already done to the plants?
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:56 PM   #14
 
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I have cut my lights down to about 8-10 hours per day now and the algae seems to have slowed growth, but is there anyway to reverse the damage already done to the plants?
No, assuming you mean remove the algae from the individual leaves and restore the leaves. If the algae is under control, it will not infest new leaves. Older leaves with algae can be removed. You will probably find the leaves are dying anyway; if you remove a sword leaf with brush algae the stem is usually browning at the base which is the early stage of dying.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:34 AM   #15
 
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Thats for the advice I will make sure I watch out for that when trimming the dead ones away. The middle area of the plant seems to be growing back healthy after trimming away the blackened ends.
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