Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:03 pm Post subject: Algae on leaves, stems
Please help me fix this algae problem.
There are different types of algae in the three pics.. bottom of the Crypt stem has green (pic 1).. the Crypt leaves have dirt like fibers (pic 2) .. the Anubias leaves have thick layer of green algae (pic 3).. Thanks all in advance..
Joined: Nov 07, 2007 Posts: 2011 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:16 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
You can start off by doing 50% water changes every alternate day. Reduce the photo period and intensity. Giving more details about the tank dimensions, lighting and WC schedule, feeding habits and the fishes would get you a better answer.
Joined: May 15, 2006 Posts: 376 Location: Calcutta
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Get the plants to be healthy. Algae problem will be automatically reduced, if not solved. Your tank needs better dedicated light, zero sunlight, good source of carbon in whatever form and good fertilizer. If they grow well algae will have no chance. If not, no matter how much water changes you make this problem will remain. Changing water every day or even every alternate day is not a viable or feasible idea. Might as well pick up some other hobby.
Joined: Nov 15, 2010 Posts: 144 Location: Powai, Mumbai
Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:18 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Wow. Way to scare off the new guy trying to get some plants growing.
I think we all forget the hard times we had.
While there is definitely good information, it's either laced with sarcasm or requires some more obscure terms (at least to a new guy).
May we request the moderators to create a sticky with the following pieces of info being requested from anyone posting queries about dealing with algae -
Type of light
Duration of lighting
Pressurised or diy CO2
Liquid carbon or gluteraldehyde
Water change schedule
For Vikram, temporarily overdosing glut or excel to 2.5 times would have helped. But with caution and after looking at the condition of the fishes. Unfortunately the crypts are going to melt.
My apologies, but there is no quick fix to the situation.
Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:45 am Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Preets, Brojo & Khandar, your replies are much appreciated. Wish I could have responded earlier, but was occupied with something else.
Will algae eating fish like Otocinclus help?
Type of light : Using Osram LED lights.
Wattage : 3X 10W
Duration of lighting : 7 hours
Any sunlight : No direct sunlight.
Substrate : Just plain gravel.
Fertilisation schedule : Weekly once. Macronutrients 5ml followed by Micro' 5ml, the next day, after lights off.
Pressurised or diy CO2 : None
Liquid carbon or gluteraldehyde : No. Planning to get soon, but glute worries me, as I have neon tetras.
Planting density : Abt half surface, medium density
Water change schedule : Weekly once. 15%
Feeding schedule : Flake food, blood worms. Twice daily.
Fish load: Neon Tetra - 20. Red eye tetra: 12, Blue Rainbow fish: 4, Yoyoloach: 1, Snail 1, Honey Gourami 1.
Water column size in the tank: 36*18*18 (50 Gallon).
Joined: Nov 23, 2011 Posts: 1869 Location: Bangalore, Prakashnagar.
Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:02 am Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
As already mentioned, healthy plants = no algae.. so lets try to solve the issue related to healthy plant growth..
First the lighting level is too low I guess.. can you eloborate on the specs of led and driver used. you may have to add more LED.
If you provide the LED specs and driver specs I can tell you how many more is required.
whats the macro and micro formula you are using.. because that too seems to be on the lower side..
What filter are you using..
Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:38 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Following are the details of the LEDs I'm using.
It is 3 Osram LED bulbs. 6500K, 50/60Hz, 10W, 48mA is what it says.
Water column is 35" (L) X 17" (W) X 17" (H). 43.8 Gallon to be precise.
Filter is just a 600L/hr power head with a top box. Only sponge as media.
The Micro and Macro nutrients were procured from a local vendor who makes them himself, but is knowledgeable. . Dosage suggested by him was 5ml a week after lights off, micro and macro on different days.
I procured Gluteraldehyde and started dosing today. My vendor advised to dose at 3ml / day just before lights go on.
Hope this info is enough for you to suggest fixes for the problem.
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2921 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:55 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Till you have sterile substrate, you will lose your Crypts. Crypts are predominantly root feeders.
Secondly you have got slow growing plants, and your fertilizer regimen is very high. So your waterbody is loaded with nutrients encouraging the growth of algae.
Joined: Nov 23, 2011 Posts: 1869 Location: Bangalore, Prakashnagar.
Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:22 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
With out the lumens rating, we just cant figure out whether your lighting is sufficient or not..
We are in the dark related to your fertilizer as well, we don't know whether your over dosing or under dosing your tank..
Top filters don't aid in water circulation, suggesting to add at least one more internal filter for better circulation..
Joined: Aug 19, 2005 Posts: 4895 Location: Mathura, UP
Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:51 pm Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
I agree with Rasiknayak, you have slow growing plants. Crypts need good substrate as they are heavy root feeders.
I think you will have to change your substrate, a sterile substrate is not good in a planted tank, unless you have all water column feeders like anubias.
You can switch java ferns with Crypts.
Till then you can stop fertilization, a monthly fertilization and weekly water change should be enough for this tank. Water change also brings in fresh nutrients.
Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:13 am Post subject: Re: Algae on leaves, stems
Thanks for the useful information! I moved the crypts into a tub, with soil at the bottom, covered with gravel. It's been 4 days. Everything seems fine.
I got a couple of Chinese workers and the algae is almost gone. The Chinese algae eaters are doing a fine job (could not find siamese ones in Hyderabad). I understand that as they grow, they'll not eat much algae and become aggressive.
Will reduce the frequency of dosing ferts and do some trial and error for a few weeks.
I couldn't find the lumens info :(
Tank is doing fine for now. Have to wait and watch how it goes from here.
Thanks all you people for the info' and suggestions,
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