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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:35 pm Post subject: Urgent help please Reply with quote

 hi  guys,
 
 My  aquarium  was  algae  free.
 But  since  couple  of  days  there  has  been  algae  bloom.
 I  searched  online  but  could  not  find  which  algae  is  this.
 
 
 My  tank  is  30  days  old.
 EI  dosing.  
 8  hours  of  High  light.  
 2BPS  CO2.  
 Hard  Water.
 
 Please  suggest  me  what  has  to  be  done.   Crying or Very sad  
 
 
 https://imgur.com/a/VZl28
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:10 pm Post subject: Re: Urgent help please Reply with quote

 That  my  friend,  is  cladophora.  A  tough  one  to  get  rid  off.  None  of  the  algae  eaters  are  interested  in  munching  on  it.  You  have  to  resort  to  frequent  manual  removal  as  much  as  possible  and  spot  dose  with  H2O2.  See  this  post  for  more  info:  
 
 
                                                 
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Alright,  this  is  how  i'll  go  about  this  situation;
 
 1)  Have  you  cleaned  the  filter  since  setup?,  the  organic  build  up  can  trigger  algae.  Also  the  flow  is  reduced  substantially.
 2)  I  see  you  are  using  a  ceramic  disc  for  diffusing  CO2,  I  bet  you  are  better  off  using  an  inline  CO2  reactor  or  atomizer  for  your  tank  size.  IMO  increasing  the  bps  for  single  ceramic  disc  diffuser  is  mere  wastage  of  CO2.  May  be  you  can  add  one  more  disc  with  a  splitter.  You  have  to  ensure  a  proper  green  /  lime  yellow  indicator.
 3)  Cut  and  remove  the  dead  and  infected  leaves  or  plants  altogether.  You  are  only  saving  the  plants  /  tank  this  way.  IME  with  proper  maintenance  and  dosing  regime  they'll  bounce  back  soon.  
 4)  Stick  to  fertilizer  dosing  recommended  by  the  manufacturer  of  your  ferts.  Your  plants  are  growing  /  carpeting  with  existing  lights,  so  a  good  sign  that  you  have  sufficient  of  one  of  the  trio  -  Lights  ,  CO2  &  Ferts.  Again  worth  mentioning,  get  the  CO2  right.
 5)  Spot  treat  algae  with  H2O2  and  physically  remove  as  much  as  possible  with  a  tooth  brush.  The  algae  will  turn  white  /  brown  after  u  treat  with  H2O2.  Repeat  this  step  a  couple  of  days  whenever  you  see  algae  turning  green.  If  you  still  have  SAE  which  are  not  feeding  on  fish  food,  they'll  do  good  job  at  keeping  algae  at  check.  IME  if  other  things  mentioned  above  are  taken  care  of  then  this  treatment  wont  be  required  for  more  than  a  week.
 
 So  basically  clean  the  filter,  ensure  Green  CO2  indicator,  remove  dying  leaves,  spot  treat  with  H2O2  for  a  while  and  manually  remove  algae.
 Hope  this  will  help..
 
 Thanks                

 
 Also  seems  like  your  stem  plants  were  not  growing  healthy.  Can  you  share  more  specs  about  tank....volume,  wattage  of  light,  type  of  light  etc
 
 regards,
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:41 pm Post subject: Re: Urgent help please Reply with quote

                                                   
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 That  my  friend,  is  cladophora.
                 

 
 Are  you  sure?  It  looks  like  a  diatom/brown  algae  bloom  to  me.
 
 
                                                 
tejasn324  wrote  (View  Post):                

 My  tank  is  30  days  old.
 Hard  Water.
 https://imgur.com/a/VZl28
                 

 
 Dont  worry  too  much.  Is  it  weak  and  easy  to  remove  manually?  If  yes  then  it  probably  is  brown  algae.  It  usually  goes  away  on  its  own  and  is  caused  by  excess  nutrients,  low  light  and  poor  water  circulation.  Excess  silicates  especially  is  the  problem.  If  you  are  using  hard  water  in  the  tank  it  is  most  probably  rich  in  silicates.  I  would  suggest  get  a  more  powerful  filter  with  a  spray  bar,  start  mixing  RO  water  in  a  70:30  (RO:Tap)  ratio  for  water  changes.  If  you  dont  have  RO  unit  for  the  tank  just  go  to  the  nearest  water  bottling  plant  and  ask  them  for  it.  They  usually  charge  less  than  50/20l  of  RO  water,  these  are  the  people  that  supply  drinking  water  to  caterers.  Also,  remove  as  much  of  it  as  possible  manually.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:04 pm Post subject: Re: Urgent help please Reply with quote

 Oh  yes  on  second  look,  it  does  seem  a  massive  outbreak  of  brown  algae.  But  still  spot  dosing  H2O2  will  help  in  slowing  it  down...
 Brown  algae  does  occur  initially,  but  not  at  this  scale.  For  a  month  old  tank  the  stem  plants  should  be  already  ready  for  trim
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:35 am Post subject: Re: Urgent help please Reply with quote

 Find  answers  to  the  following  questions  will  help  a  lot  in  controlling  algae:
 What  is  the  size  of  your  tank?
 How  many  watts  or  lumens  are  your  lighting?
 What  is  the  duration  of  Lighting:  8  hours
 How  hard  is  the  water  (GH,  KH)?  
 What  is  the  TDS?  
 How  frequent  are  your  water  changes?
   and  
 What  is  the  fertilizer  dosing  regime?
 How  many  hours  before  lighting  starts  do  you  switch  on  your  CO2?
 Any  other  indirect  lighting  source
 
 Based  on  the  above  answers:
 1.  Cut  down  lighting  to  6hours
 2.  Keep  TDS  under  250  (if  GH  and  KH  are  high)
 3.  Scrub  your  tank  of  the  algae  and  do  weekly  water  changes
 4.  Ensure  CO2  is  on  atleast  2hours  before  lights  come  on
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