Plant leaves with fuzz algae - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Plant leaves with fuzz algae

How can I get the fuzz algae off the plant leaves? I have 4 otto cats and they can't keep up with the stuff. I even tried leaving the light off for 2 days. All I can do is scrub the algae off the tank but leaves are covered in it. Help!

Tank params:

20 gallon
3 Platys
8 Danios (I only asked for 6 but the store gave me 8!)
4 Ottos
Java fern (does well)
Java Moss (does very well)
Anubias (assorted types, does ok)
Amazon sword (It's not doing well)
Hornwort (does very well, but I don't let it get very long)
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nirate 5 ppm
Iron 1.5
PH 7.2
KH 5
CO2 9 (DIY injection)
Light 14W ColorMax + 14W 6700K, 10 hours/day
Temperature 80F
1.5 ml of Seachem Flourish added once per week

Thanks,
Doug
dug99 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 11:01 PM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
im assuming your problem is on your broad leaves of your "amazon sword?"
I would use a soft brushed toothbrush ( make sure its clean, no toothpaste or anything )
put your hand under the leaf and GENTLY rub the leaf with the brushes bristles, it should come right off. just make sure your gentle because remember the plants are "living things" too
onefish2fish is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Its mostly on the sword and anubias plants, not as much on the ferns but some. Its pretty much growing on everything, tank glass, plants, gravel, heater, thermometer....

Doug
dug99 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 11:23 PM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
yea algae will grow because the light is present for so many hours, fortunatly plants will compete with algae. Is you tank by a window or recieve direct sunlight? ( that tends to excel the rate of which algae grows)
i personally would give a light brush to the plant leaves and clean them off.. you might have to do this every so ofter with the broader leaf plants (but i think its well worth it) watch when you clean that algae off, you'll reveal a bright green plant leaf
onefish2fish is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 11:24 PM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
something else that may help is a 4-5 degree temp drop and cutting light time back to 8 hours a day.
onefish2fish is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Ok, will try those things, thanks!

Doug
dug99 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-01-2008, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
I've cut the light back to 9 hours a day and moved the "on" time to 7:00am and off time to 4:00pm (the room is the warmest at that time due to sun light) and the algea is slowly disappearing! It definately is not as widespread as before.

Doug
dug99 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-01-2008, 08:09 PM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
good news :D
onefish2fish is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Algae on plant leaves, harmful to plant? poolman84 Beginner Planted Aquarium 14 03-09-2010 10:31 AM
long thin leaves growing from a short wide leaved plant poolman84 Beginner Planted Aquarium 6 03-06-2010 09:05 AM
Help Me! Brown Spot on Plant Leaves Maksa Beginner Planted Aquarium 1 02-14-2008 09:29 AM
algae on plant leaves nikkigill50 Beginner Planted Aquarium 14 05-05-2007 10:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome