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Re: This may be the wrong place to ask this question but . . .
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: This may be the wrong place to ask this question but . . .
- From: GramFran413 at aol_com
- Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 12:03:01 EDT
In a message dated 8/31/03 2:31:14 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
> You don't say anything about lighting in the tank but I am assuming that
> have the regulation one or two tubes for a fish tank.
Sorry, I know I should have mentioned that! DUH!!! It's an Eclipse tank
with two two-year-old 15W T8 bulbs. I know they're old, but didn't think that
would matter with my plastic "plants".
> The dark algae you are accumulating is probably either brown diatomaceous
> or green spot that has built up and in layers tends to look dark brown or
> black. If its brown algae its soft and comes off easily by gently rubbing the
> plants but to be
> honest, IME if its brown your plec should be getting rid. I suspect its
> layers of the green spot you have on the glass.
From what you say, I suspect, too, that it's the darned green algae! I've
never seen the plec on the "plants" He's either on the grass, the driftwood,
the substrate, or the zucchini.
> You will have to scrub each leaf with an abrasive pan scraper or algae pad
> - good luck!
There's no way! There may be thousands of individual leaves in there! I'd
rather replace them with a new plastic plant with larger leaves that might be
easier to clean; One of these mimics rotala; the other, stargrass.
You could try soaking the plants in a bucket of mild bleach solution (not in
> :-))but thoroughly rinse and soak the plants afterwards in lots of fresh
> water - this was an old remedy for black algae - you will find references
> and advice on the Krib.
I think I'll take one of them out this afternoon and give that a go -- see
> Why don't you get some more bogwood and use lots of java fern.
Becaise they EAT Java Fern right down to the roots -- not the rhizome, but
> Simply tie it to the bog wood and it will quickly root over it - the leaves
> will go
> black over time but you can chop them out allowing fresh ones to show
> through. Its a very robust plant and impossible to kill - survives low
> light, works better with a little CO2 but just don't plant it in the
> gravel - it hates it.
> Good luck
Thanks very much, Matthew. All contributions are graciously accepted :) Now
. . . off to the patio with the bleach bottle and the rotala looking plant.
More later . . .
Growing old is inevitable; growing UP is optional.
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