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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #515


Black hair like algae this is black/bluish belongs to the hair algae
family.  This is usually caused by a compacted bottom, to much fish
food, over fertilization, dead and decaying matter on the bottom.  All
in all it's an excessive nitrate and/or low o2 levels in the tank
flourishes it's growth.  As for suggestions, do a partial water change,
change the filter, increase o2 in the tank (a small bubble bar works
wonders), introduce red ramshorn snails, japanese algae blittering
(phodeus sericeus) or sagittaria in the tank, and clean the algae off of
the plants as it will eventually kill the plant, lower temp to idealy
about 77F is also effective

Hope this helps!!


> Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 23:10:32 -0500
> From: Janna Gregg <mamagose at poncacity_net>
> Subject: algae
> I have a big problem.  I have noticed algae growing on some of my
> plants.   The algae is brown or black and looks like hair.  It seems
> prefer my "onion" plants, the runner from my Amazon Sword.  How do I
> rid of this stuff or do I want to keep it?
> Thanks in advance.
> Janna