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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #242

>Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 21:55:27 PDT
>From: "tierney wayne" <hybrid_t at hotmail_com>
>Subject: algae problem
>Hi everyone,
>well, my 4 month old tank is doing pretty well, thanks mostly to all of 
>you... I am having my first experience with a nasty algae tho. It is long 
>and threadlike, whitish in the water but more green when I pull it out. 
>Under the microscope it looks like a typical filamentous green, definatly 
>not a cyanobacteria. It is very unattractive because it collects small 
>particles of junk in the water and gets a yucky webby look. I've heard of 
>hair algae and thread algae; can anyone tell if this is one of those? Should 
>I start hunting for some SAEs? (Gitte: my algae-eating shrimp don't touch 
>this kind BTW!)
>Thanks for any help,
>San Jose CA

Is it very long or/and attached to the plants or more just tangled in them?
Sounds like hair algae. Manual removal, rosey barbs and SAE's may help.
Check over CO2 and nutrient levels.

Tom Barr 
San Rafael, CA