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[APD] RE: algae
> Thomas (and anyone else):
> Are there any nutrient management concerns regarding filamentous algae?
Just the stuff that I normally suggest.
> What is the best preventative approach?
Pack the plants in there from the start, general routines I normally
I don't have filamentous algae, but I bring it home all the time from
plants in the wild.
> What are the alternatives for treating filamentous algae? (let's keep the
> SAE section brief)
Amano shrimp are hands down the best.
But you need a lot more than folks typically use here.
> I presume that periods of darkness aren't going to bother this stuff much
> all. The species I'm most interested in are Oedogonium, Cladophora,
> Rhizoclonium & slimy Spirogyra.
Darkness will NOT do much to Cladophora. But the others will die in 3-5
days for sure.
Cladophora may take a little longer but then your plants may suffer.
It works well for Rhizocolnium infected Riccia/moss/foreground mats etc.
Caldophora will have branchlets, none of the other mentioned algae do.
It's the hardest one over all but with shrimps, it can be prevented/removed.
> Using the Python water changer carelessly spreads these things from tank
> tank. I'm also interested in cheap & safe (non-bleach?) related methods of
> sterilizing plastic equipment of thread algae to prevent cross
Permagnate, bleach, H2O2, lime water, CuSO4, salt/brine water etc.
I'd not worry about it truthfully.
> Steve P
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