Re: algae in fish/plant tank (fwd)
Thanks for replying to my post. I had been fertilizing with Kent's
Freshwater Plant fertilizer. After I started seeing algae growth I
discontinued the fertilizer.
I am not sure what kind of algae growth I am getting. It is a
yellow-green color, and covers all of the plants and gravel with a slime
costing. On one of my bunch plants, it draws the leaves in toward the
stem. I can remove the algae with my thumb and forefinger easily by
pulling up the plant. The algae will even come of plants if I vacuum the
leaves directly. I had been getting hair algae and I found I could kill
that by increasing the light from 10 hrs. to 15 hrs/day.
I used to get lush plant growth, but ever since the algae explosion, the
plants have not really grown at all. The only real growth I have seen is
with the valisnaria.
I washed my plants in a 20:1 water:bleach mixture a few months ago, and
it didn't really slow down the algae. However it did claim the lives of
some of my favorite plants. I attribute the bleach treatment to killing
my anubias nana, water sprite (which was doing very well at the time),
and a couple of swords.