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Re: NFC: Adopt-A-Tank help needed on blue green algae, overfeeding

Hey Chuck.

The blue green algae will not respond to antibiotics, and is being
caused by a high level of pollution, likely overfeeding.  You have to do
something about that.  It does, also, like high-light -- are you getting
a lot of sunlight or somesuch from somewhere?   An antibiotic is a
dangerous short term solution -- look into solving the problem before
you put a temporary patch over it.


IndyEsox at aol_com wrote:
> My Adopt-A-Tank at the library still has what I believe to be a Blue-Green
> algae problem.  I've done weekly 50% water changes, added no fertilizer,
> thrown away infected plants and it comes right back.  Saturday I did a 60%
> water change and cleaned all the glass; by yesterday afternoon it had grown
> back three inches up the side of the tank and is now growing on the gravel.
> Lots of plants are doing great and I don't think having six fish in a 29
> gallon aquarium to have too large of a bio-load.
> As I understand it, Blue-Green Algae is actually a bacteria infestation of
> some sort.  Guess I will have to resort to some sort of antibiotic.
> Suggestion needed and appreciated.
> One of the reasons I suspect it has not been yet contained is that I suspect
> the staff is overfeeding the fish.  One of the reasons I think they do this
> is they are afraid the single darter is not able to compete with the larger
> and quicker other natives for the food.  Guess I will have to threaten them
> with Robert Rice's suggestion of only feeding the fish twice a week.
> Chuck Church
> Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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