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Re: Slimy algae

I'm not totally convinced this is the problem.  I've been battling something like
this in my tank, and it responded to erythromycin, indicating that it is probably
a cyanobacteria.  However, it is tough stuff.  It didn't start to die off until
about day 4 of 5 days, and never completely died back.  I'd love it of someone
could figure out how to beat this stuff.

Justin Collins

> Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 06:09:49 -0800
> From: Steve Pushak <teban at powersonic_bc.ca>
> Subject: Re: Slimy light green algae on the edges of my leaves
> Anders,
> This sounds like the same kind of algae which Olga had several months
> back. I don't recall the specifics exactly but I believe she reduced the
> iron fertilization and found some kind of fish that would eat the stuff.
> I think some kinds of shrimps eat it (?). Not sure if she also reduced
> the number of fish and the amount of feeding. Reducing feeding might
> encourage some types of fish to eat the algae.
> This is a curious algae. I wonder if any of the botanists can suggest
> possible identification. It seems to be a filamentous algae however the
> sliminess is unusual and it breaks apart very easily.
> Steve Pushak                              Vancouver, BC, CANADA
> Visit "Steve's Aquatic Page"      http://home.infinet.net/teban/
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