10-27-2011, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Jbrofish8
Okay thanks Byron, Im going to monitor it over the weekend and if it continues to get worse I'll cut back an hour. Would an hour be enough to make a difference? Im worried that maybe I should go ahead and cut it back to 6 hours if it continues to grow.
I know you've said in other posts to cut the leaves off the plants that are affected by the hair algae, but what do you do when its the hanging roots? I'd hate to throw out my beautiful pennywort, its just now starting to develop the hanging roots and it looks so pretty. :(
Try one hour; that can make a lot of difference. Other factors play into it too. I used to find that algae increased during summer, and I wondered if this was related to longer days and more daylight entering the fish room. This year I kept blinds and heavy drapes over the windows all summer [I have a fish room so this is feasible], and algae did not increase. It doesn't take much light to make a difference.
To the algae, are we talking hair algae, or brush algae? The latter is the one I usually see on floating plants. A photo might help identify it. It would also tell me just how much it is. When brush algae gets heavy on the leaves of planted swords i usually remove them, but floating plants are a bit different.