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Re: control of rampant algae

> Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 11:54:21 -0600 (CST)
> From: Anton D Solovyov
> Subject: Algae growing - please heeeeeelp!!!!!
> Plese help me: I am being overcome with hair algae... It grows everywhere: on
> plants, on the walls, in riccia, just floating on the surface etc... It is a
> 55 gal tank that has 2 GE plant&aquarium lamps, 1 GE sunlight and 1 cool
> white lamp. It has a lot of plants and 6 convicts with babies in it. It also
> has one 5 inch plecostomus.
I had almost the same situation. The algae (brush and stag horn)  was growing much faster than the plants. Nitrates were at zero, and all attempts at control seemed futile. I
read in the krib that if phosphorus is  the limiting nutrient plants will do better than algae. I put a phosphate absorbing product in the tank, and in three days 90% of the
algae had turned to sludge which I could siphon out of the tank. Now one week after the introduction of the phosphate remover, there is almost no algae and my plants are still
doing fine. I will probably remove the phosphate remover pouch from the tank after the next major water change.
Harvey Schneider
<harvsch at earthlink_net>