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Re: Brown algae
> From: "Jeff Malmquist" <jmalm at uclink4_berkeley.edu>
> Subject: Brown Algae out of control!
> Still the plants refuse to grow. They grow, but very very slowly. And I
> don't get the bubbling on the leaves that I hear about. Even worse, in the
> past week or so, I have gotten a brown algae invasion on my tank. It is
> creating a thick layer on the sides. I cleaned the front glass on Friday,
> and its already starting to regrow by Monday.
> I prefer to avoid Oto's or Pleco's.
Sorry, Jeff, but I think the Oto's will be your magic charm. I had two
tanks infested with brown algae, one was all brown! Five Oto's in a
55G cleaned it spotless in less than two weeks. They were
amazing to watch. You could see the clean paths they were
leaving everywhere, and everyday I would notice a set of rocks or
wood that was fully cleaned. In no time, it was all gone. I noticed
you have a array of algae-eating critters, and Oto's should be
included. They're harmless and are brown algae freaks!
About your plants not growing, a few more parameters are needed
besides pH and fish load. It would help narrow down your problems,
right now it could be a lack of something, or too much of something
else. Don't fertilize until you're sure!
jjohnson at davisfloyd_com
jjirons at greenwood_net (home)