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An algae I've never seen

Discussion in 'Algae Removal' started by I_Smell_Fish, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. I_Smell_Fish

    I_Smell_Fish New Member

    Oct 10, 2016
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    I have a grey algae that is infiltrating my plants and is sending out strings that float in the tank and get caught on my fish. It has filled in my Java Fern and I'm going to lose that plant as well as my dwarf baby tears. The algae is appearing as frizz in the baby tears. What is this awful thing and how do I get rid of it?

    Thank you

  2. Ch4rlie

    Ch4rlie Unlicensed Moderating Moderator
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    Jul 16, 2013
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    A picture / photo would be helpful perhaps in identifying this algae, though does sounds as if it could be BBA or a hair algae type. hard to tell at the moment.

    Algae is usually a sign of an imbalance in your water column, too much or too little fertiliser or lights, could also be the light duration are the most common causes.

    Baby tears are a particularly demanding plant that requires usually co2, high lights and a routine of fertilisers to make them thrive. So in conditions that are not favourabe for them, they are susceptible to grow very slowly or not at all and algae can easily cover them.

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