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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:03 pm Post subject: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 Hi,  been  trying  to  battle  hair  algae  on  moss.  I  try  picking  as  much  as  i  can  with  a  tooth  brush  however  it  makes  the  moss  growth  look  bad.  I  am  planning.  to  introduce  more  plants  with  the  hope  that  they  will  absorb  the  nutrients  in  the  water  column  and  starve  the  algae.
 
 I  have  also  read  that  sechem  excel  will  eliminate  hair  algae  so  looking  at  that  option  as  well
 
 Co2  is  at  2  bps  .  Lighting  is  1.75  w/gallon.  I  have  stopped  dosing  for  the  time  being  and  did  a  50%  water  changes  as  well.
 
 Any  suggestions  from  you  will  be  appreciated!!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:11 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 what  is  the  photo  period,  I  presume  it  is  not  adequate,  you  need  atleast  10-12  hrs  of  light  to  combat  the  algae  provided  other  factors  are  favourable...
 
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:14 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 if  its  a  moss  only  tank  then  i  would  say  dont  dose  at  all..
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:14 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 Its  a  10hour  photoperiod  unfortunately  it  is  not  a  moss  only  tank.  The  moss  grows  on  the  drift  wood  only.  However  the  algase  in  growing  only  on  the  moss.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:16 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 where  are  the  plant  experts???????
 even  i  have  been  having  this  problem  for  quite  a  while,
 since  mine  is  just  a  moss  tank  i  dont  use  any  co2  or  ferts,
 lightning  is  for  6hrs,
 any  way  in  which  i  can  get  rid  of  hair  algae  ASAP,????
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:23 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 as  far  as  i  experienced  in  my  very  short  experience  with  planted  aquarium  its  more  about  water  circulation..  less  the  circulation  more  hair  algae  u  will  get.  Also  moss  will  grow  less  fast  with  less  circulation
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:04 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 i  have  a  matten  filter  with  a  small  power  head
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:37 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 It  is  possible  that  the  moss  and  driftwood  are  placed  too  near  the  light  source,  high  lights  often  cause  it.
 Also  if  none  of  other  plants  have  it  you  can  try  moving  the  driftwood  to  a  position  so  that  it  gets  leser  light.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:57 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 Even  i  have  a  lot  of  hair  algae,  well  i  should  say  that  a  few  plants  are  growing  among  in  the  middle  of  hair  algae.  dont  know  what  to  try.  Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:15 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

                                                   
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Its  a  10hour  photoperiod  unfortunately  it  is  not  a  moss  only  tank.  The  moss  grows  on  the  drift  wood  only.  However  the  algase  in  growing  only  on  the  moss.                

 what  is  photoperiod  ????
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:38 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 photo  period  means  how  long  you  keep  your  tank  lights  on
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:56 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 Funny,  I  have  the  opposite  problem.  
 I  have  moss  growing  on  my  hair  algae.  Smile     
 Algae  is  usually  due  to  imbalance  of  nutrients,  lights  or  CO2.
 
 First  try  a  black  out.  Cover  the  tank  up  with  a  blanket  for  3  days.  This  will  usually  kill  the  algae  and  not  drastically  affect  plants  or  fish.
 or  try  increasing  your  CO2.
 Plant  some  fat  growing  stem  plants  to  soak  up  nutrients.
 Get  a  marimo  moss  ball.  This  is  very  good  to  soak  up  phosphates.
 
 or  as  a  last  resort  overdose,  Seachem  flourish  excel.  Thirta  has  tried  this,  I  think  and  it  worked  for  him.  Check  with  him.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:21 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 i  have  tried  balckout  but  it  does  not  affect  the  algae,
 will  put  up  a  CO2  reactor  and  see  what  happens,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:51 pm Post subject: Re: Hair algae on moss Reply with quote

 First  i  would  say,  try  and  find  out  why  does  hair  algae  come  up?  It  is  normally  due  to  excess  iron  in  the  water  column.  Try  and  do  a  biggish  water  change,  then  see  your  dosing  regime(that  is  if  you  dose  and  if  you  do  not  see  if  it  is  needed).  Then  see  your  lights,  how  old  are  they?  How  long  is  the  photoperiod?  It  should  be  a  consistent  10  hours,  if  you  cannot  maintain  the  consistency  then  try  and  get  a  timer.  Most  of  all  please  remember  rather  than  doing  anything  drastic,  first  sit  down  and  calculate  how  much  dosing  does  your  tank  require  and  what  levels  does  your  current  dosing  bring  it  to.  By  stopping  dosing  things  will  not  help  as  plants  are  already  losing  out  on  the  nutrients  and  if  they  algae  get  a  better  hold  in  the  tank  they  will  just  take  over  your  tank.  So  get  back  to  normal  dosing  and  find  out  whats  missing.  Do  the  basics  right  and  then  look  for  problems  and  fine  tune  them.  Here  is  a  site  where  you  can  find  a  converter  will  tell  you  what  percentage  of  every  chemical  is  added  for  any  quantity  of  fert  added  to  the  tank.  This  is  the  best  way  to  go.
 
 http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/articles.htm
 
 Lastly  a  short  cut  will  be  add  rosy  barbs  and  let  them  go  hungry  for  more  than  a  week  and  they  will  wipe  it  off  but  try  and  do  that  after  you  have  found  out  whats  is  the  problem,  because  rosy  barbs  will  finish  off  the  algae  but  not  the  cause  for  it.
 
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 1.  I  have  a  tank  with  no  plants  in  them,  and  it  has  no  algae.
 
 2.  I  have  an  other  tank  with  lots  of  moss  and  2  amazon  swords.  this  tank  has  algae.
 
 In  both  the  tanks  i  feed  the  fish  same  food.  All  food  is  eaten  and  none  of  it  decays.  photo  period  on  both  tanks  is  12  hours.  about  0.4  wpg  lighting
 
 3.  My  third  so  called  planted  ahem-algae  tank,   with  pressurised  co2  at  2  bps  and  EI  method  of  dosing  has  a  loads  of  algae.  photo  period  about  10.5  hours  -  1.5  wpg  lighting
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