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I've been spotting a plant that clings on to my floaters as well as other plants in the tank.. It's thread like with tiny leaves on it. I'm assuming it's a hitchhiker. I don't know how to eliminate it. Every time I see it, I take it out.. But within a couple days I spot more! Is it an algae? It doesn't seem to attach itself to anything.
 

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Pictures will definitely help for identifying what it is.:roll:
 

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I'm going to venture a guess that your tank has contracted the green plague, otherwise known as Duckweed.

Click the shaded name to see if that's what you are finding in your tank.

If the answer is 'yes' then unfortunately there is NO WAY to get rid of it short of removing all your floating plants. Most floating plants can be grown in the substrate (like Water Sprite, Wisteria, Brazilian Pennywort, etc). So you could grow them 'planted' for awhile as Duckweed can not survive underwater.
 

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I'll try to get a pic. Its not duckweed, I have got rid of the duckweed that was in that tank (a miracle) and I had in the tank with my newts.

Its almost like a thread algae.. But its not that either, I have had that before. It might be something native to SC.. I have seen it somewhere before. My mom has it in her tank, but we got some of our plants from the same source so that would be why.

I have a feeling this is worse than duckweed.. I've seen it at all levels of the tank. :(
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I keep finding something that sounds like your description tangled up in things, no idea what it is, but I can't seem to get rid of it either - and it drives me batty, too. . . I assumed it was some kind of moss, but I have no clue.
I'll try to get a pic. . . it may not be the same thing, but worth a shot!
 

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Ok ok, finally home so I can post a picture. I was hoping it was common enough a picture wouldn't be needed, but I hadn't found anything in my searches online so I probably should've known. Love the rolly eyed face, Kuddos.. hehe. Stupid me. :)

Hopefully the pic shows up.. if not, let me know and I'll try to upload it somewhere else. I never know where to upload pics for forums.



This is on a paper towel by the way. The total plant "sample" is like 2.5" accross.
 

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I'm pretty sure that's the same weird thing as mine! But I still have no idea what it is!

*waits with bated breath for the answer*
 

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Yeah... I'm going to be replanting my tank in the next week with some swords, I will have to try to get rid of these if I can. I somehow doubt it though. I'm going to leave some of my cabomba floating until I can get either my pennywort or my wisteria to grow a decent amount of cover for the top of the tank.

This crap is probably what's killing my wisteria though. I always find it on the wisteria.. and I've kept wisteria floating before. Seemed like it was *the* easiest plant ever.. now it's dying. I even kept wisteria before I ever added anything like Flourish Comp. It lived off stock lighting and fish poop.
 

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It seems like it may be bladderwort... =/

That's funny, bladderwort came to mind, but when I looked up pictures I just found a lot of pictures of it's flowers. If you type in bladderwort aquarium, pictures do pop up that look very similar to what I have. I thought this was carnivorous - so it shouldn't be sucking the life out of my wisteria, right?

By the way, bladderwort are in bloom around here this time of the year, and they're beautiful. I went on a boat ride out on the swamp the other week and saw it's little yellow blossoms.. the lillies were also in bloom! (This is actually the swamp where that boat scene in the Notebook is film, so if you've seen the movie you can probably sortof imagine what it looked like)
 

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Romad! Thank you!!! Now how to get rid of the stuff. . . *grumbles*

Thanks for starting this thread, Jen - and letting me hitch-hike along for the ride!
 

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Jennesque, I have that exact same stuff in my betta tank. All of the plants in that tank came from other tanks that don't have this strange stuff. I was thinking that it was some sort of advanced algae. The betta tank receives sunlight and DIY CO2 . It looks exactly like your photo.
 

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Jennesque, I have that exact same stuff in my betta tank. All of the plants in that tank came from other tanks that don't have this strange stuff. I was thinking that it was some sort of advanced algae. The betta tank receives sunlight and DIY CO2 . It looks exactly like your photo.
Does it look like this too?



...cause that's apparently bladderwort. :roll::oops: I'm less than thrilled with this stuff lol
 

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it's a carnivorous plant. often hitch hikes on moss and whateer else itcan tangle itself in.
 
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