Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #75
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #75
From: schmaus at drmail_dr.att.com (SchmausJ)
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 08:35:48 -0700
In-Reply-To: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com "Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #75" (Nov 17, 3:39am)
References: <199511170839.DAA14194 at looney_actwin.com>
> From: krombhol at felix_TECLink.Net (Paul Krombholz)
> Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 15:36:27 -0600
> Subject: Re:getting rid of hair algae
> > [ Brian's depressing story deleted ]
> It sounds as though you are unhappy enough to be willing to do the bleach
> treatment. It is a bit of work, but it gets rid of the hair algae once and
[ hideous treatment deleted (but saved, just in case!... ]
> Paul Krombholz Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS 39174
I've had the same problem Brian talked about. I couldn't get the
stuff off the leaves, though, since it was tenacious as hell and
was even hard to get off the glass. Not to mention rocks, wood,
etc. I wound up using a steel brush on the decorations, and lots of
scrubbing on the glass.
But, the stuff came from somewhere -- from the devil's own garden,
I suppose -- and it's sure to come back, floating on some hellish
spore to plague even the most antiseptic tank in the future.
Now it's happening again. I've got 6 baby SAE (man, I HOPE that's
what they are....) that I'm hoping will ward off an incipient bloom
of the stuff. I'll stop feeding the fish for a few days and hope
they get hungry enough (gotta be damned hungry to eat that stuff,
I suppose) to at least control the stuff.
I am starting to think a strategy is to give the plants enough
nutrients and CO2 to keep ahead of the algae, and keep your SAEs
hungry enough to take care of the rest!
> From: "Anne Nicholls" <ANNE at southend_wayne.edu>
> I wouldn't tear down the tank, you'll just end up with another algea
> bloom in a couple months.
This I can verify from personal experience.
> One part of the solution would be a couple of good algea eaters
I think I need another dozen or so...
> Snails have also been successful in my tanks. You may or may not be a
> snail person. I happen to prefer the little guys you find on a lot of
> plants when you buy them. I've found them to be excellent algea
Snails don't last long with Botias in the tank, though. >:(