I'd say start changing 15% of the water every other day. The color is a blue-green-grey and the algae itself feels slimy to the touch. (maybe super low tech would be more appropriate?) Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Immediately, only a week after the first spot was noticed, the algae had grown on every piece of my tank. Turn off the CO2. Blue-Green Algae is an interesting one to include on our list because it’s technically cyanobacterium, not algae. 1. Joined 7 Apr 2008 Messages 10,988 Location nr Bath. Staghorn Algae . Staghorn Algae is a new algae for me and from what I know it will grow in low flow, low co2 and highly lit environments. Is algae bad news for your aquarium? Treating the whole tank with either will not resolve the problem you have in my experience. In fact, algae aren’t all bad for your tank. I dose 2 ppm Glutaldehyde to my shrimp tank occasionally and have not killed any shrimp, but my shrimp aren’t multiplying which can be attributed to a multitude of factors. I have tried dosing excel, spot treating with hydrogen peroxide and most recently popped in a few osmocote root tabs ... thus far have not tested nutrients. Staghorn Algae: Description: What To Do : Staghorn algae looks like thick strands that may branch once or twice until it ends. Algae. Reducing the Nitrate to an actual, real 0 for a few days usually makes it disappear. If you immerse a piece of these algae in alcohol it will assume a red color. Staghorn Algae grows in strands but unlike Green Hair Algae it branches like a deer’s antlers. It started growing on the Vesicularia sp. Amano Shrimp; 2. Posted by 14 hours ago. I've read many articles about Staghorn algae and people usually say it's because of some high ammonia spike. There is a noticeable difference on the spot algae in this tank. anyone advice? Usually grows in high-light slow moving areas of the tank. Leave the tank this way for at least 3 days. Use a timer for your lights and only have them on for 5 hours a day. Diatoms require silica to grow. Not every shrimp species is suitable for a planted aquarium, though. … Fundamental information on aquarium shrimp keeping can be looked up in this article. The most quoted cures are physical removal, less lighting, cleaner water and more water movement. They are easy to diagnose as their growth habit looks a bit like the horns of a stag. Algae Finder: User Manual: Calendar: Mark Forums Read: Advertise: General Aquarium Plants Discussions Discuss aquarium plants, aquatic environments, aquarium lighting, aquarium filters, aquarium backgrounds, and other aquarium topics. They show different shades of grey. So far it has had no impact on the algae, which is growing at its normal rate, and appearing in new places. Menu. Lower light levels in tank. If it is a shrimp tank, you may even skip this step. Your goal is to reduce the Nitrate to 0 for a few days. Green Water. Home; Buy; Learn; About . I have a 10 gallon shrimp tank that is getting what I believe is staghorn algae. Steve. Staghorn algae (Compsopogon sp.) Green water is caused not by the water changing color but by millions of single-celled algae floating in your water. One good thing about this algae is that it tend to stay at one "favorite spot" in the aquarium and doesn't propagate fast. Any chance you can get us a photo to look at . LinkBack: Thread Tools: Display Modes: 11-04-2003, 10:27 PM #1 jdwyz . If you keep your tank in dark places then too these algae can develop. They differ from BBA (Black brush algae) in that BBA has a finer texture and usually darker color. You could try lessening the time the lights are on. Staghorn Algae. Nualgi Trial Update - Day #21 . Nano Shrimp Tank Aquascape in a Jar (No Filter, No CO2) 5 Gallon Aquascape with a Cave (No Filter, No CO2) Betta Bowl Setup (Step By Step with Live Plants) Home. The initial dose was one capful, and after that 30 drops a day. No doubt algae has been the reason some have gotten out of the hobby entirely. dw1305 Expert. Install a new air-pump if needed. Cover the tank with a thick blanket. Staghorn algae are extremely unsightly in the aquarium, grow on the edges of plant leaves and hold onto practically every surface. big_sw2000 wrote: Is this defiantly staghorn algae. It is grey-green and will grow on most surfaces. I have had success with misting staghorn when its exposed at water change with a mix of about 50ml of TNC Carbon and 300ml water. Kevin. Staghorn algae . I do not have a co2 setup and hope to keep it that way. “Christmas“ (“Christmas Tree Moss”) approximately two weeks ago, which makes it about 2 weeks after I set up the tank. Do not add fertilizers during the blackout. Bristlenose Plecos, Amano Shrimp, Black Mollies, Nerite Snails, Rosy Barbs, Florida Flag Fish, Sun Snails, Otocinclus are just some of the algae eaters that can be used with success in preventing and even removing algae. The thing is, I was under the impression that staghorn algae was green and what I saw initially was a very light brown colour. Increase the oxygen supply. It's not major at the moment, but does seem to be increasing. In my case, I've had to deal with hair algae, staghorn algae, and black beard algae. 3-5 business day shipping to Australia and New Zealand . Staghorn Algae grow in long individual, grey-green strands, that form a few branches. I cannot prove that, I get 0mg/l ammonia and 10mg/l nitrates. Join Date: Jun 2003. We've all had it at some point and many of us continue to struggle with one for or another for long periods of time. Brown Algae are commonly found growing in newly set tanks. The Quiet Type; Members; 90 106 posts; Share; Posted July 22. H.K.Luterman 90 Posted July 22. High flow area? My tank has been running for about 4 months & I am beginning to get the above algae. Linda S AC Members. pretty much what the title says. How to Get Rid of Algae in Fish Tanks . Close. (If you want some I am happy to mail it to you) My tank is "low tech". I began dosing with Excel 7 days ago. I didn't know what a catastrophe was waiting for me. Getting rid of algae in your freshwater tank can be tricky and you need to be careful what method you use – commercial water treatments can sometimes do more harm than good by throwing your water chemistry out of whack. Light is whatever came with the Top Fin kit (only listed as "bright white"). Cherry Shrimp; Bear in mind that these algae eaters will only turn to BBA if there’s nothing for them to feed on. 100ish cherry shrimp 1 amano Plants: Mostly slow growing - anubias nana, jave fern, java windelov, hc, Crinum calamistratum. In appearance, these algae look very similar to black beard algae. Some people actually suggest raising the Nitrate levels but that is not my experience. I'd say it's medium planted. 5. Day 29: Everything is looking good, staying clear, and algae is very minimal. It must be completely dark in the tank. Otherwise, they are somehow helpful when it comes to controlling algae in the tank. No. it is (definitely) defiantly staghorn - here are three different pics of diffrent plants all showing that dreaded black antler effect. 58g Planted Crypts and … It only seems to have appeared since I started adding liquid fertilizer for my plants about 1 month ago. They can be hard to remove by hand. Algae is the bane of most freshwater aquarium keepers. However, my problem is that staghorn algae grows almost exclusively in the brightest spot of the tank (middle part) and on stem plants that are near the surface. Reactions: Ivan Stoyanov. Especially in planted tanks and aquascapes, these small aufwuchs eaters are welcome guests, since they take care of all sorts of biofilms, including nascent algae films. My tabk has had an off and on battle with staghorn algae for a while now. In the beginning, I saw only a few spots. Most importantly, this article tells how to get rid of staghorn algae from your planted tank. Do you have any pictures of the tank and the affected areas? Although they can look unsightly, algae are not particularly harmful to your aquarium. 0. 29g Low Tech Planted Shrimp Tank - 5 LF Blackskirt tetras, Golddust Mollies fry, Snails ... and stick to it. In this article, we’ll take a look at staghorn algae and show you how to get rid of them. Let’s talk about algae, you know, the green or brown stuff that makes your pretty tank ugly. Nevertheless, it’s quite common and can be a major pain in your tank. Just done first filter clean since set up. ), most algae can be prevented by stocking your tank with algae eaters. I have shrimp Corydoras and guppies in that tank and a nerite snail Quote; Link to post Share on other sites. These organisms convert waste products into oxygen through photosynthesis, helping to keep your water clean. It tends to prefer plants over substrates or decor, smothering leaves with its growth. It will grow close to the light source on equipment and plants. In the last few weeks, I have starting to get staghorn algae on numerous leaves of all plants, mostly under direct light. Algae, Aquarium Lighting, Aquarium Shrimp. The Siamese Algae Eater Fish are big, reaching a size of 20 cm so they will only live in a tank of 20 gallons or more. I cannot say exactly when I first got the algae, but I noticed some algae in my aquarium. When brown algae form, it even is a sign that your tank’s water chemistry does not have the right balance. 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