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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:57 am Post subject: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Hi  friends,
 
 I  have  some  anubias  tied  to  the  driftwood.  They  have  been  growing  well  but  with  lots  of  algae-like  formation  on  the  leaves.   There  are  lots  of  dark  patches  on  the  leaves.   I  clean  them  with  a  tooth  brush  every  month,  but  they  again  appear  in  about  2  days.
 
 Please  see  the  attached  piture:
 
 
 Please  advise  a  solution  for  this  problem.   I  change  water  every  week,  mine  is  a  4  x  2  x  2  tank  running  on  2217  and  a  internal  dolphin  filter.  No  dosing  and  no  Co2.
 
 Thanks  in  advance  for  your  help.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:05 am Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Hi  Umashankar:
 
 No  Dosing,  No  CO2  --  for  a  four  footer  planted!!  
 Is  the  Algae  Brown  OR  Green?
 
 Please  provide  details  on  Lighting  and  fish  density...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:09 am Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 No  dosing  and  no  CO2.
 So  no  inputs  from  your  side.  What  can  you  alter  here?
 
 Its  probably  your  water.  Whats  the  wc  regime  and  the  photo  period?  
 You  need  floating  plants.  That  would  do  two  things,
 1.  diffused  lighting  for  the  anubias
 2.  use  up  nutrients  in  the  water
 Add  as  much  of  it  as  possible.
 
 As  for  that  algae  thats  already  taken  hold,  wash  it  off  anubias  for  now  and  start  doing  the  above.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:12 am Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Hi  Umashankar
 
 what  is  the  light  that  you  are  using  might  be  more  light  is  the  problem.
 As  Anubias  does  not  require  more  light  so  try  shifting  the  plant  to  shadow  place  or  reduce  the  light,  alage  will  automatically  go.
 You  can  even  try  any  alage  eating  fishes.
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:26 am Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  your  prompt  reply  guys.
 
 More  details  on  the  tank:
 
 size:  4  x  2  x  2
 filters:  2217  and  dolphin  F200
 lighting:  Aquazonic  55  W  x  2  -  Lights  on  for  4  hours  in  the  morning
 Plants:  Anubias  and  crypts,  some  ferms  which  have  never  grown
 Water  changes:  twice  weekly  40%  change
 
 There  are  black  patches  on  the  leaves,  I  just  thought  it  was  algae...dono  exactly...
 
 Thanks  and  Regards
 
 Uma  Shankar
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:29 pm Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Hi  Uma,
 
 Couple  of  things  which  you  are  doing  wrong  -  
 
 do  once  40-50%  water  change  in  a  week.....40%  twice  a  week  is  not  recommended.
 4  hours  lighting  is  less  if  its  an  old  tank.....i  mean  if  its  around  4-5  weeks  old  then  you  should  have  lighting  period  of  around  8/10/12  hrs.
 
 couple  of  more  details  required  -
 
 what  substrate/gravel/soil  you  are  using?
 apart  from  crypts  do  you  have  anything  else  planted  in  the  substrate?
 a  full  pic  of  the  tank
 a  better  close  up  pic  of  anubia  leaves  where  black  patches  are  seen  would  help.
 
 Vignesh  -  what  makes  you  think  that  light  is  too  much  for  anubias  and  there  is  more  nutrients  in  the  water  which  is  not  consumed  though  we  dont  know  what  substrate  is  being  used,  no  dosing,  light  is  just  for  4  hrs  in  day?
 
 Cheers,
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:55 pm Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

                                                   
Binesh  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi  Uma,
 
 Vignesh  -  what  makes  you  think  that  light  is  too  much  for  anubias  and  there  is  more  nutrients  in  the  water  which  is  not  consumed  though  we  dont  know  what  substrate  is  being  used,  no  dosing,  light  is  just  for  4  hrs  in  day?
 
 Cheers,
 Binesh                

 
 Did  I  say  light  is  too  much  for  the  Anubias?
 
 There  would  be  dissolved  nutrients  in  any  water-except  say  RO.  Heavily  planted  tanks  would  require  additional  nutrients.  Hence  the  need  to  add  ferts.
 
 But  in  his  case,  there  are  no  heavy  nutrient  eaters  in  his  tank,  the  only  source  for  the  nutrients  creeping  in  could  be
 1.  water
 2.  excess  feeding  &  excess  poop
 
 No.  2  is  not  much  of  a  possibility  as  he  is  a  pretty  careful  person  :)
 
 And  as  for  light,  as  he  has  said  that  the  anubias  is  growing  pretty  decently,  then  its  not  the  only  issue.
 
 And  as  there  is  no  dosing  the  only  way  to  get  nutrients  and  CO2  into  the  tank  is  through  water  changes.  So  2  times  a  week  of  40%  might  be  doing  just  that.  But  CO2  might  still  not  be  enough.
 
 Adding  floating  plants  would  decrease  the  nutrient  content  in  the  tank.
 
 And  yes  I  know  his  substrate  Wink  Its  not  much  to  bother  with  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:46 pm Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Looking  at  the  picture,  The  anubias  seem  to  be  directly  under  the  lights,  Is  it  so?  try  moving  them  where  they  get  less  light.  If  the  number  of  fish  in  the  tank  is  less  then  cut  down  your  water  changes  to  20%  once  a  week.  Is  there  any  water  current  around  the  anubias?  A  good  flow  of  water  will  reduce  algae  on  them.  One  55w  bulb  should  be  sufficient  for  the  Anubias  in  your  tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:46 pm Post subject: Re: Algae formation on Anubias - please help Reply with quote

 Uma,
 
 if  you  could  add  some  water  current  to  flow  near  the  Anubias,  it  might  reduce  the  Algae  problem,  if  does  not  cure  it.
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