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post #1 of 7 Old 02-11-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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what is this? how to get rid of it

title says. 40 gallon, fresh, corydoras, 2 plecos, bala shark, redtail, amazon sord plants, 1 java fern. was fine for 6 months them in 2 weeks bam. heres some pics.

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-11-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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sorry about the huge pics :(
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-11-2011, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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o yea- lighting is 2 48 inch philips plant and aquarium flor. 12 on 12 off. if this helps.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-12-2011, 05:11 PM
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Looks like Black Brush Algae

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-14-2011, 11:04 AM
Def looks like BBA, probably the second most annoying algae imo... Cut off all affected leaves, and test your water. Usually caused by introduction of a plant or store water with established BBA on/in it. Alternative solutions could getting Siamese Algae Eaters.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-14-2011, 11:09 AM
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I too would remove affected leaves and would also reduce lighting period from 12 hours to eight hours.
Would also look to place root tabs under the sword plant's by pushing one or two deep into the substrate close as you can to the base of the plant.
Might also consider using product such as Flourish Comprehensive plant supplement after weekly water change.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-14-2011, 04:06 PM
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Def looks like BBA, probably the second most annoying algae imo... Cut off all affected leaves, and test your water. Usually caused by introduction of a plant or store water with established BBA on/in it. Alternative solutions could getting Siamese Algae Eaters.
And we both know what the first most annoying one is, don't we??

Siamese Algae Eaters would be a no go for this tank, as it's only a 40gl. An adult SAE gets to be 6" and needs lots of room. I'm already worried about the Bala shark/Redtail in this tank. Could be some problems down the road.

Agree with 1077 & Sin- remove affected leaves, cut back your lighting by a few hours, and dose with Flourish Comprehensive. Good luck!

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