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Re: Finally

I guess I should have made it clear that I believed the Elodea helped 
specifically with the BGA, rather that all algae. Possibly, once the 
bacterial infection was gone, the tank could reach a balance more favorable 
to the higher order plants.
Not being an expert in this field (which is why I read the list in the 
first place), I rely on the expertise of others. I first picked up on this 
idea from the list. I went looking for confirmation, and found a reliable 
source that did. Thus, from the Tropica website;
Egeria densa is a good plant for beginners, and its rapid growth helps 
create a balance in the aquarium from the start. It can also help prevent 
algae because it absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. The 
plant secretes antibiotic substances which can help prevent blue-green 
algae (a type of bacteria). The growth rate depends largely on the amount 
of light and nutrition available. Growth does not stop in unfavourable 
conditions, but the plant turns light in colour and the tendrils grow thin.
Being one to let sleeping dogs lie, I believe I will leave the plants in 
place, at least for a while. If it wasn't the reason the BGA went away, the 
scourge will probably return anyway.
Douglas Guynn
Down here in Texas, where part of the state is drowning, and we are 
>> I'm not sure exactly what did it, but I think it was adding the elodea 
that took care of the problem.
> at first congratulation for your succes! For clarification: elodea is a 
synonym. What do you mean, Egeria densa or Lagarosiphon major? Sorry, but I 
don't believe, that was "elodea". I have both of the plants in my tank and 
I don't see any effect against algae, which are present. I think, something 
else, of course I cannot tell you what, won the fight over algae. Make a 
test: Remove "elodea" for a time and see what happens. I think, algea will 
_not_ come back. In any case, be happy! Regards, Klaus.