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Originally Posted by ichthyologist in training View Post
One other thought, if this "coating" is a slimy mess that easily comes off with your finger, it is probably cyanobacteria; often viewed the same as algae, it is technically not algae but bacteria. Regular partial water changes to keep nitrates low, finding the correct light period, and nutrient control will handle it, but you will have to remove it manually when you see it. However, if it is just plain green algae, you can either remove it when you do the weekly partial water change or leave it, unless it invades the plants as I said.
On the moneywort, the existing leaves may not recover (some plants are like this, swords are another) but new growth will be normal and green (light green). Once this starts, just pinch off the bottom portions of the stems and discard.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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