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RE: Hair today (and hair tomorrow maybe)

Well from personal experience I've had problems adding iron-based
fertilisers to encourage plants to out-do the algae. I got an outbreak of
BBA almost from nothing by adding Bioplast Ferroplant, which is just
chelated iron. Black furry edges to the leaves of most of my Java Ferns!
Horrors! Have since read that iron is taken up by some algaes, so read

Regarding nitrates - have high tapwater nitrates here in UK. Have found only
reliable way is fast growing plants - Hygro, Java Ferns, etc.

Good luck
Phil Bixby
York, UK

> Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998 13:35:33 -0400
> From: BlackNet Runner <br at ldl_net>
> Subject: Hair today - gone tomorrow revisited (ironite?)
> just an update:
> After monitoring levels in my tank with a recent outbreak of hair algae
> i've noticed that I have night nitrates (140ppm),  some crapy fertilizer
> that I should not have been using (possibly high phosphates in the
> water) and low iron levels (0 - .5 ppm)  I recently picked up a bag of
> ironite for my palm tree's and going to try it in the tank,  been
> reading thru the archives about it and there's not much listed.
> Another person recomended good conditions, a stable tank and patents,
> well I have the last one and working on the first 2 :)  Been looking at
> several different co2 injectors and I also picked up a water purifier
> (aquarium pharmaceuticals tap water purifier) and changed 50% (2
> weekends in a row) of the water and my NO3 is STILL 140 ppm!  Any
> suggestions how to lower the NO3 (nitrates)