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30 Jul 2006 17:35 #1 by richardo35 (richardo35)
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Hi all,

Just looking for advice on the few plants I have at the moment, all the edges of the plants are slightly black only start happening in the past 5 or 6 weeks. They are growing fine and all levels are fine and they get about 9 hours of light a day.

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30 Jul 2006 22:39 #2 by gm333 (gm333)
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What are you using for algae eaters? one of the best for troublesome algae in a planted tank are SAE's (Siamese Algae Eaters)

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31 Jul 2006 05:15 #3 by Pablo (Pablo -)
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Like gm333 said sounds like you need some algae eaters... :wink:

The black thing on the tips of the plants sounds like hairy algae.... SAE'S and Barbs love hairy algae... :D

I found also helpful setting the light to make a break around midday (i.e. from 9 to 1 and 3 to 10)

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31 Jul 2006 07:23 #4 by richardo35 (richardo35)
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Im not using any algae eaters at the moment only a standard pleco never had a problem with algae before, I will try turning off the lights for an hour or two during the day also what are SAE`S and can you mix them with dwarf cichlids. Thanks for the help.

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01 Aug 2006 06:57 #5 by Pablo (Pablo -)
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SAE's are Siamese Algae Eaters... its a small fish with a big appetite for algae :D and it is a good community fish, so it must be fine with you Cichlids :wink:

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02 Aug 2006 16:42 #6 by zig (zig)
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Its probably a type of bba or (black beard or bush algae) this normally is dark in colour and will generally start at leaf tips or edges.

In highlight tanks this type of algae is generally caused by a lack of CO2 (plants derive carbon from the CO2) in lowlight planted tanks this type of algae is generally caused by flucuating levels of CO2 due to frequent water changes, tapwater contains lots of dissolved CO2, so if you are doing frequent water changes this causes the CO2 levels in the tank to flucuate and unfortunatly algae is quicker to respond to the flucuating levels than the plants.

The cure for highlight tanks is manual removal of as much as the bba as possible and increase the CO2 levels, if you keep a level of CO2 above 30ppm this usually stops the growth of the bba so once the growth has stopped you remove it as you find it.

For lowlight tanks less frequent water changes will help along with manual removal.

You can also OD 3x with flourish excel this works for a lot of tanks although i dont know any shops in Dublin that supply it, but you can get it easily online.

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