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post #11 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 10:43 AM
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Thanks but I think this can be controlled without that. I'm sure Byron would have said something. Anyways I know nothing about adding Co2.
How long has it been since you dialed back the light duration ?
It may take a few week's before the thread algae begin's to die back IMHO.
Might also cut back on root tabs by 1/2 were it me.
Would maintain other fertilizer's as is now.

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 10:54 AM
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I have this problem, not on any new plants but on some older leaves, they had it from the store. No new growth of it so I'm assuming it's controlled, just what's there won't die.
I don't think it's very easy to remove. I have tried a light spraying of hydrogen peroxide, but I don't think I used enough, plus lately reading about it there are some risks to using it... I'm just going to remove plants covered in it once there's enough new growth, which is what I'd recommend you do, as soon as it's growth is stopped.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-29-2012, 05:01 PM
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I recently had some brush algae invade a sword plant that I havent identified (please i.d. someone!) and I believe it has gone away and the whole plant is perkier. I think the pond snails? have been really helping out. I'll check again and write back if the algae has come back. I hope it's not an incurable disease.

What's the difference in composition of tabs and Flourish Comprehensive Supplement? I have both, but I'm waiting till the tank looks like it wants it before I use liquid (maybe it's time). I also have soft, alkaline tap water and I'm using Equilibrium to add minerals to it.

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I recently had some brush algae invade a sword plant that I havent identified (please i.d. someone!) and I believe it has gone away and the whole plant is perkier. I think the pond snails? have been really helping out. I'll check again and write back if the algae has come back. I hope it's not an incurable disease.

What's the difference in composition of tabs and Flourish Comprehensive Supplement? I have both, but I'm waiting till the tank looks like it wants it before I use liquid (maybe it's time). I also have soft, alkaline tap water and I'm using Equilibrium to add minerals to it.
A complete liquid fertilizer is more important than substrate tabs. Some plants assimilate nutrients more via the leaves, and all plants assimilate some nutrients only through the leaves, so these nutrients in the substrate are pointless.

If you check the ingredients (on the packages or Seachem's website) the same nutrients are in both. The advantage of the tabs is getting m ore of these nutrients closer to the roots of plants like swords which are heavy root feeders. These plants will do fine with just the liquid, but using both does improve growth. But there are other plants (non-substrate rooted, floating, and many stem plants) that will derive little or no benefit from substrate fertilizers.

With soft water, fertilization is essential. While Equilibrium is targeting the hard minerals, these are also in the Flourish liquid and tabs.

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