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Blaxicanlatino 06-09-2012 09:43 PM

Blue-Green Algae
 
Ok so i posted before about my new 55 gal that being infested with blue green algae. So i followed all the tips:
decreased light an hour a day
left lights off for a week
lowered feeding
cleanings out more than half the water in a water change
did mini cleanings in between larger cleanings
manually removed clumps of the stuff
All in all, it seems to actually have gott much much more. Soooo this tank has been established for about half a year so what now?

Byron 06-10-2012 07:35 PM

We are certain this is cyanobacteria? Sorry, but with so many threads and PM's I can't keep them all in my mind. Cyanobacteria is organics-related, but once it has taken hold it is difficult to keep away, as it is quick to return initially, but with persistence over several weeks (up to 3 months) it can be beaten.

All I suggest is very thorough cleanings--filter, substrate (even if planted), water changes. I haven't tried these plants, but both Egeria densa (Elodea) and Ceratophyllum demersum are said to severely inhibit cyano because they naturally release substances that attacks cyanobacteria.

The treatment sometimes suggested using antibiotics i donot recommend as this obviously kills various bacteria in the filter and substrate beyond the cyano, and some antibiotics will kill plants. Plus the fish should never be subjected to antibiotics except to deal with a fish-related bacterium.

Blaxicanlatino 06-12-2012 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1112678)
We are certain this is cyanobacteria? Sorry, but with so many threads and PM's I can't keep them all in my mind. Cyanobacteria is organics-related, but once it has taken hold it is difficult to keep away, as it is quick to return initially, but with persistence over several weeks (up to 3 months) it can be beaten.

All I suggest is very thorough cleanings--filter, substrate (even if planted), water changes. I haven't tried these plants, but both Egeria densa (Elodea) and Ceratophyllum demersum are said to severely inhibit cyano because they naturally release substances that attacks cyanobacteria.

The treatment sometimes suggested using antibiotics i donot recommend as this obviously kills various bacteria in the filter and substrate beyond the cyano, and some antibiotics will kill plants. Plus the fish should never be subjected to antibiotics except to deal with a fish-related bacterium.

hmm ok. should i increase the amount of water i change AND the number of times I clean in a week?

Byron 06-13-2012 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino (Post 1114952)
hmm ok. should i increase the amount of water i change AND the number of times I clean in a week?

To get this under control, probably a good idea to do more frequent cleanings. All else being equal, a 50% water change weekly should be sufficient.

Blaxicanlatino 06-13-2012 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1115352)
To get this under control, probably a good idea to do more frequent cleanings. All else being equal, a 50% water change weekly should be sufficient.

will do. I also left out about 5 gallons to allow more water flow from the filter. I also am adding Elodea to the tank to help the algae war effort.

Byron 06-14-2012 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino (Post 1115887)
will do. I also left out about 5 gallons to allow more water flow from the filter. I also am adding Elodea to the tank to help the algae war effort.

Hornwort is another plant said to be toxic to algae, as it mentions in the profile. I realize cyano is not algae, but it may help.

Blaxicanlatino 06-15-2012 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1116280)
Hornwort is another plant said to be toxic to algae, as it mentions in the profile. I realize cyano is not algae, but it may help.

good idea! the only concern i have with that is that in my show tanks, i cant seem to get hornwort to work on those tanks and i fear that in this tank that im already having trouble with, will yield heavy shedding with the leaves that could further damage the tanks.

Byron 06-16-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino (Post 1117883)
good idea! the only concern i have with that is that in my show tanks, i cant seem to get hornwort to work on those tanks and i fear that in this tank that im already having trouble with, will yield heavy shedding with the leaves that could further damage the tanks.

Good point.

Blaxicanlatino 06-21-2012 08:45 PM

hmm the war against the algae seems to be...neutral. Nothing has changed...if anything worse... I just aded anacharis to the tank so i will see what happens now... I also added glossostigma to the tank for reasons im not sure of.

Blaxicanlatino 06-30-2012 05:20 PM

The wars still goes on and still no end to this awful algae. uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhgggggggggggggg


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