Unusual algae

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  1. jsphillips86

    jsphillips86 Plankton

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    The algae on the edge of this rock looks almost like an anenome, but is a freshwater tank. Is this hair algae? I have never had it before.

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  3. drew3

    drew3 Blue Ringed Angel

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    ya kinda looks like this is GHA or bryopsis
     
  4. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Black beard algae, a type of red algae.

    You will need to scrub it off, or get Siamese Algae Eaters to eat it.
     
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  5. bje

    bje Long-fin Bannerfish

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    +1 2in10 - you can take a toothbrush to it or get an algae eater to take care of it. id also considering running something like fluval clearmax in your filtration if it gets out of control. i use it on my cichlid tanks to keep my PO4 down below 0.25/ppm. without it, and using tap water, i was >1/ppm. i change it out when i start to see the PO4 on the rise.

    edit: i didnt realize this was a planted tank. if you're trying to keep a standard NPK ratio for growing the plants then you're going to have to get the fish to handle that nuisance algae. i ran into this issue with my 5gal planted tank. i couldnt seem to maintain the proper NPK for plant growth and deter nuissance algae.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think a using Seachem Flourish Excel can help also. It is a carbon adder for CO2 and the chemical is hard on red algae.
     
  7. jsphillips86

    jsphillips86 Plankton

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    I just got a siamese. Hopefully that will help. :)

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