Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #46

Yoadie yo ho !!!

Based on a message from Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com to All,

 A> >>But my Java Ferns were struck with
 A> >>a hairlike, very dark-colored algae (that matches the description of
 A> >>"Bearded Algae" that I've read in books) that even my vacuum-cleaner
 A> >>otocincli wouldn't touch.

 A> Dan, I have had this happen to one of my tanks.  CUT those leaves off
 A> immediately.  I waited and it took over an entire 55 gallon tank, not a
 A> pretty sight.  Supposedly, SAE's will eat the stuff, but SAE are hard to
 A> find (that's what I was waiting for, while the algae destroyed my tank).
 A>  You could try a 2-3 minute 5% bleach solution bath (I did, worked for a
 A> while, but then there were too many plants as time went on).  Best
 A> solution, remove that plant and hope nothing else gets it.  As I sit
 A> here typing, I wonder if a temporary use of a UV sterilizer would
 A> eliminate the algae spores, maybe some one else might have some insight
 A> into this.  Hope everything works out.

Take my suggestion - forget all chemical solutions, taking
out the plant won't do much, either (the spores are
invisible in other places already, I guarantee it) and do
everything you can to get a SAE. I've never seen a result
like I've had with the SAE. Four SAEs cleaned up a tank full
of hair-algae-infected Hygrophilas within 2 days and now
there is not even a trace of hair algae left, and in another
tank, where I had 2-inch-long hair algae on my Echinodorus
major, one SAE removed it in a week, and now only some
leaves have a black border around it which the SAE keeps at
that level. I've tried many things, but taking the SAE
suggestion, I'll never go for anything else!

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