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#1 marieukxx

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 10:15 PM

My Java Fern has alage on the leaves, how do I clean it? Thanks

#2 GrayScale

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:49 AM

Depends. Cherry shrimps do the trick for me. Ive noticed java ferns do like to get some black flecks of algae in them. You can always rub the leaves gently, and I do mean gently, to see if it'll come off.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:53 AM

You don't.

You ID the algae type and address the root cause. Once that issue/the imbalance that's causing the algae is sorted, the plants will take care of it for you. Cleaning or adding new stock to take care of algae is a waste of money.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:42 AM

I've found with Java you can often rub the leaf between your fingers to clean it off.
Depending on the algae type you can sometimes "spot dose" liquid carbon to kill it too.

You don't.

You ID the algae type and address the root cause. Once that issue/the imbalance that's causing the algae is sorted, the plants will take care of it for you. Cleaning or adding new stock to take care of algae is a waste of money.


....you'll probably want to clean the algae off as part of this process.....

#5 wroberson

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:30 AM

I've tied washing algae off of my broad leaf plants, swords and anubias. As long as the plant is producing new foliage, I let the algae stand. The darker color is about the only plant color other than green and yellow I have in my tank, so I look at it as contrast.

#6 RadaR

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

I've found with Java you can often rub the leaf between your fingers to clean it off.
Depending on the algae type you can sometimes "spot dose" liquid carbon to kill it too.


You don't.

You ID the algae type and address the root cause. Once that issue/the imbalance that's causing the algae is sorted, the plants will take care of it for you. Cleaning or adding new stock to take care of algae is a waste of money.


....you'll probably want to clean the algae off as part of this process.....



If by clean you mean manual removal and trimming effected leaves then I agree.
Waste of time cleaning a leaf though. Get rid of it.




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