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 Hi,
 
 I  have  a  55  gal  planted  tank  with  some  fishes  which  was  setup  one  month  back.  I  m  using  one  boyo  internal  filter,  4x40  watt  Phillips  truelite  which  is  running  for  14  Hrs/day  &  DIY  CO2  system  without  any  micro/macro  nutrients.  It  is  running  fine  &  I  can  good  growth  of  plants.  Recently  I  have  added  some  fishes  in  the  tank  but  no  algae  eater.
 
 My  problem  is  that  from  last  few  days  I  m  seeing  some  algae  growth  in  the  tank.  I  don’t  know  which  algae  it  is  but  I  can  see  some  brown/black  spots  on  the  glass,  on  the  gravels  and  as  well  as  on  the  plants  leaves  (mostly  on  Amazon  &  Cabomba  which  are  densely  planted).  I  have  done  partial  water  change  (around  50%)  in  last  three  days  but  in  vain.  It  is  slowly  but  steadily  spreading  in  the  entire  tank.  
 
 I  want  to  know  what  it  is  &  how  can  I  stop  it.
 
 Thanks  in  Advance.
 
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 Bhaskar,
 
 It  sounds  like  diatomic  algae.  This  looks  like  a  brown  film  and  spreads  very  quickly  once  it  appears.  If  you've  recently  added  your  fishes  then  that  is  probably  what  triggered  the  algae,  as  fish  food  and  waste  are  both  good  sources  of  nutrients  for  algae.  I  have  had  this  algae  in  quite  a  lot  of  my  tanks  at  one  time  or  another,  and  the  good  news  is  that  it's  quite  easy  to  get  rid  of,  the  best  things  to  do  are;
 
 Make  sure  you're  not  over  feeding  your  fish  -  any  un-eaten  food  will  start  'feeding'  algae  very  quickly.
 Only  have  the  lights  on  in  our  tank  for  12  hours  a  day,  this  shouldn't  damage  the  growth  of  your  plants  but  should  slow  down  the  algae  making  it  easier  to  wipe  out.
 Add  an  algae  eating  fish  (or  maybe  a  few,  your  tank  is  big  enough)  but  remove  as  much  of  the  algae  as  you  can  by  hand  first,  that  way  the  fish  only  need  to  stop  the  algae  coming  back.
 Add  some  floating  plants  to  your  tank.  They  use  up  nutrients  in  the  water  very  quickly  and  also  block  off  some  of  the  light,  which  slows  the  algae  down  (the  only  problem  with  them  is  that  they  grow  nearly  as  quickly  as  the  algae  after  a  while).  
 Also,  keep  up  the  water  changes,  but  I  think  that  20%  per  week  is  probably  enough  if  you're  not  overfeeding  your  fish.
 
 Good  luck,
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:24 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Bhaskar:
 
 It  seems  to  be  a  problem  with  non-dosing  of  nutrients,  esp.  BA  can  be  a  problem  with  improper  lighting/lack  of  sufficient  nutrients...
 
 Nevertheless,  how  old  is  your  setup?
 Is  there  sufficient  production  of  CO2,  how  long  does  the  DIY  CO2  last?
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 Hi  Nag,
 
 As  I  have  told  earlier  I  am  not  dosing  any  micro/macro  nutrient  in  the  tank.
 
 I  m  using  4x40  watt  philips  trulite  bulb  running  for  14  Hrs.
 
 I  m  using  DIY  CO2  which  is  riunning  from  last  18  days.
 
 My  setup  is  running  from  last  29  days.
 
 Thanks  &  Regards
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Hi  Nag,
 
 As  I  have  told  earlier  I  am  not  dosing  any  micro/macro  nutrient  in  the  tank.
 
 I  m  using  4x40  watt  philips  trulite  bulb  running  for  14  Hrs.
 
 I  m  using  DIY  CO2  which  is  riunning  from  last  18  days.
 
 My  setup  is  running  from  last  29  days.
 
 Thanks  &  Regards
 Bhaskar                

 
 Since  you  are  doing  all  of  the  above,  you  have  BA.  DIY  CO2  and  your  lighting  are  about  the  only  concessions  you  are  making  for  better  plant  growth.
 
 It  will  keep  on  spreading  as  long  as  you  keep  on  doing  what  you  are  doing.
 
 It's  high  time  you  started  dosing  nutrients.
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 hi,
   this  problem  is  commonly  faced    due  to  to  improper  balance  between  the  amount  of  nutrients,  lighting  and  micronutrients
         and  as  u  have  stated  that  u  dont  use  micronutrients  but  use  a  diy  co2  reactor  and  have  lighting  .this  might  be  the  culprit
       as  these  algae  thrive  by  absorbing  whatever  minute  amount  of  nutrients  are  present  in  the  water  and  in  your  caes  they  are  getting  large  amounts  of  light  and  co2  
   so  the  remedy  is  either  1)stop  co2  
                                                                       2)start  dosing  micronutrients
                                                                       3)reduce  the  light                        
                               i  hope  whatever  i  wrote  here  is  right  enough  in  the  senior  aquarists  interest...............  Smile    
                       corrections  appreciated................  Thumbs Up
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 your  lighting  and  Co2  is  perfect,  just  start  with  macro  and  microdosing  and  u  will  not  have  that  problem,  also  try  and  keep  a  balance  with  the  fast  growing  and  slow  growing  plants  in  your  tank
   
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 Hi,
 
 Sorry  for  replying  so  late,  I  was  not  in  the  town  for  a  while.
 
 I  still  havent  got  the  micro  nutrient  sol.  
 
 Mean  while  I  have  reduced  the  photo-period  from  14  hrs  to  10  hrs  &  i  can  see  some  siginificant  changes.  Algea  growth  is  reduced.
 
 Thanks  for  the  inputs  to  all.
 
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 Hi  all,
 
 My  BA  algae  problem  is  soted  out  Cheering    but  i  have  got  a  new  problem..........  Surprised  
 
 I  have  been  noticing  from  few  days  that  there  is  green  algae  growth  on  driftwood  in  my  tank  after  starting  Micro/Macro  nutrient  dose.  Also  there  are  some  white  worms  of  2-3  mm  big,  which  I  notice  today  when  I,  by  mistake  disturbed  the  driftwood.
 
 Also  I  want  to  know  how  frequently  you  clean  your  aquarium  glass  as  I  have  just  cleaned  it  on  last  Sunday  but  just  after  three  days  it  is  looking  like  its  been  a  month  time  when  it  was  last  cleaned.  There  is  some  dust  like  particles  on  aquarium  glass,  which  looks  quite  ugly  (Sorry  I  cant  describe  it  properly)
 
 Is  the  algae  growth  is  good  or  bad.
 If  bad  how  should  I  remove  it?  
 same  about  the  worms?
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 Also  there  are  some  white  worms  of  2-3  mm  big,  which  I  notice  today  when  I,  by  mistake  disturbed  the  driftwood.
 
 Is  the  algae  growth  is  good  or  bad.
 If  bad  how  should  I  remove  it?  
 same  about  the  worms?                

 
 Hi,
         I  also  have  noticed  the  white  worms  in  my  tank.But  they  are  not  harmful.
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Hi,
         I  also  have  noticed  the  white  worms  in  my  tank.But  they  are  not  harmful.                

 
 I  also  think  they  are  not  harmful  but  why  r  they  in  the  tank.......
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 Hi:
 
 The  'White  Worms'  are  called  Planeria...though  harmless  to  fish,  it  is  an  indication  of  unkempt  aquarium...Food  when  fed  in  excess  and  left  uneaten,  is  the  main  cause...
 
 While  doing  WCs  ensure  that  you  gently  disturb  the  top  layer  so  that  the  mulm  and  other  debries  get  siphoned  out...
 
 Most  importantly  feed  less;  more  times,  if  you  want  a  'fat  fish'...  Chuckle  
 
 Do  regular  weekly  50%WCs...
 
 Inorder  to  get  rid  of  Planeria,  do  a  WC  of  30%  immediately  while  you  clean  the  gravel  top  as  well  as  the  sides  of  the  tank...followed  by  daily  20%  WC  every  alternate  day  for  a  week...this  will  eradicate  the  problem...
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Hi:
 
 The  'White  Worms'  are  called  Planeria...though  harmless  to  fish,  it  is  an  indication  of  unkempt  aquarium...Food  when  fed  in  excess  and  left  uneaten,  is  the  main  cause...
 
                 

 
 Hi  Nag,
                     I  have  only  a  single  betta  fish  in  my  tank.
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