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This is a discussion on Make it go away... within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by Flear what it does seem like, ... pulling it out, breaking it, cutting it, ... It is very stringy. It doesn't ...

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Old 04-14-2014, 03:13 PM   #31
 
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what it does seem like, ... pulling it out, breaking it, cutting it, ...
It is very stringy. It doesn't feel slimy. Sometimes it comes off easily and other times it's a little harder to get off.

any small part that you miss removing is left to float in the water column, ... when it settles, where it settles, ... it's free to attach and continue growing, giving you a new place that algae is present in your tank

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i do not know if when you are pruning your algae you are doing this during a water change to siphon all algae cuttings out of the tank with the water being removed. to have it sucked down the hose and ensure it does not attach in the tank.
I do it when doing water change and at least every other day in between. I don't necessarily like sticking my hands in my tank every day.


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i found staghorn algae to be rather pretty, ... in small amounts. even more so when algae (any kind of algae) attaches to snail shells, i changed my mind when it became excessive, ... like yourself i couldn't stand it at that point.

what i searched for was critters to deal with it, ... concerning staghorn algae, findings were not very conclusive, green algae is much more reliable to find critters that love to eat the stuff.
The place I got Excel from is a specialized store in my area. They recommended Flag Fish but I am going to try the Excel route for a bit. It can't hurt.
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i don't know what flagfish think of staghorn algae :(
most important point here, ... i got my flagfish after the staghorn dissapeared
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:11 PM   #33
 
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I'm going to dose Excel and FlorinMulti and see how that goes.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:05 PM   #34
 
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So 1 week after starting Excel and discontinuing FlorinAxis I have noticed that the stuff is pretty much gone. My plants are growing a little faster and they are much more colorful. I think I will continue the daily use of Excel and 12 drops of FlorinMulti.

Here is what I did:

On first dose of Excel I did as instructed 5ml/10 gallons then I skipped a day then began daily dosing as instructed 5ml/50 gallons. I only went in once or twice to try to get the stuff off to no avail. I just left it alone.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:36 PM   #35
 
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Uggggghhh!!!! I was using Excel but notices that some of my stems plants weren't doing so well. I discontinued the use of Excel and I notice today that this nasty stuff is coming back!!! I am at my wits end with all the issues I have been having in this tank. Plants do well then they don't. Then I have this hair algae and then I don't but then I have all these green specs on glass. Using Excel keeps this hair stuff in check but melted some of may plants. How can I win?

Getting ready to do a thorough vacuuming which will result in probably a 50% water change. Trying to get rid of the food sources for the snails. I don't mind having them but I wake up and see at least 30 on my glass in the morning. They wouldn't bother me if they were taking care of the algae. I even went to an every other day feeding schedule.

I have been dosing daily with 12 drops FlorinMulti, 5ml iron (plants started looking GREAT once I started this) and every 2-4 days with potassium (no noticeable changes in plants since this). I stopped the Excel. Lights for 12 hours. Was thinking when the liquid ferts are used up to switch to dry but that's not for a little while. Would it be worth starting Excel again but not every day? I don't know. I had rotala magenta in my tank that all but died. I moved them to another tank that has 2.5 watts per gallon so I am hoping thy will come back. I basically have one type of plant now in this tank that has stopped melting since stopping Excel. It wouldn't be too much to move them to the other tank since I am not planning on using Excel in this one. I am also not using the FlorinMulti but am planning on using Seachem Trace with the Flourish Tabs and potassium.
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