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Re: Algae Problem- Link for Picture
At 12:48 AM 9/23/2002, Cory Williamson wrote:
>Thanks for all the inquiries about my algae problem/ photos- Ghazanfar Ghori
>has kindly provided a link to the algae that I scanned directly on my
>flatbed scanner- http://www.aquaticscape.com/temp/Algae_cory.jpg.
Sorry for the delayed reply.
This stuff infested my Java Moss. It is almost exactly the same color, and
a similar "size" if you compare the strand lengths of the Java Moss and the
algae. So clumps of infested algae, when inspected in bright light, turned
out to be maybe 40+% algae by volume.
Three months ago I got very serious about algae control via nutrients. The
good news is, this one took only three weeks to get rid of. The magic
nutrient in my tank was: IRON. I lowered my Flourish Iron dose to about 1ml
per week into 65 gallons of water, a fraction of the dose recommended on
the bottle. After three weeks, this stuff was GONE. Upon close inspection
of the Java Moss, occasional strands are visible, but none is visible from
more than a few inches away.
Plants also started to suffer, as I had lowered Iron too far. There was an
overall yellowish cast to the tank, and red plants in particular looked
bad. I have since increased the iron dose to 3ml per week with no
resurgence of the algae. I am continuing to inspect the Java Moss closely
to see if the algae is sneaking back, but none yet. I will probably
increase Iron further, as long as it continues to benefit the plants.