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Re: I got them old, old beard algae blues.

>Date: Sun, 6 Jul 1997 16:41:25 -0400
>From: "Tom Brennan" <brennans at ix_netcom.com>

>I am about fit to be tied with red/black beard algae after months of trying
>to control it !!  Nuking the tank seems to be my only option.

Get some Siamese Algae Eaters. 

>Substrate - 1.5" Profile pond planting soil then 1.5" vermiculite then 2+"
>clean sand/gravel from Home Depot. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of
>Osmocote through the verm before covering with sand.  Home made RedArt Clay
>laterate balls mixed with LillyPond plant tabs pushed under swords, anubas,
>baby-tears, crypts and other large plants after about 4 months of operation
>way into the substrate.  

Yikes, what a swamp.  From a Dupla perspective, of course. 

>Purchase the phosphate kit and some Phos-Sorb. 
>Phosphate test came out around 30....Yikes !.  

Yikes! This sounds way too high.  Is the test kit any good?

>Unless some has some way of dealing with this tank another way I see no
>other alternative except to do a TOTAL TANK/FILER BREAKDOWN AND BLEACH

Mail order some SAE from Uncle Ned's. 

>I think I am going to stick with basically the same substrate. 
> ...
>George/Karla, should I start praying to the Dupla gods.  I promise to drink
>tank water for a week if I can just do it all over again and get it right !

None of the Dupla gods I know would recommend using such a rich substrate.
Try to locate someone who has good luck with this (Jim Kelly?) and see what
else they do. 

You really should have some algae eating fish.  IMHO, a happy plant tank
will also be a nice home for algae and you need some herbivoires to keep it
"invisible".  More than one type, also.  Otos, bristle-nose cats, SAE,
farlowellas and snails are a good mix. 

George Booth, Ft. Collins, Colorado (booth at frii_com)
Need info? http://www.frii.com/~booth/AquaticConcepts.htm