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Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:09 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

My fish got their regular maintenance and, so far, things are looking OK. I have kept up the AlgaeFix treatment, and the black beard (or in my case "black carpet") algae has yet to reappear. There is some algae growth of a different variety on the drift wood, but I can live with it as the Java fern is still algae free and seems to be taking hold, the Crypt is OK, and even the suffering Val seems to be rejuvenating. I found and placed in root tabs to try to stimulate both the Crypt's and the Val's growth. I also reduced the photo period an hour in mid-day.

I have included a photo, which I should've done at the outset, to show the new baseline:

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At the onset of this thread, all the driftwood, the HOB filter uptake, those sponge filters, and risers with power heads off-stage right were covered in a quarter inche long green black algae. It actually looked OK waving in the current in small patches, but it overran everything and began to choke the HOB filter. To boot, this tank looked lots better with all that wood covered with Java fern and Anubius.

I will continue to use the AlgaeFix for one more maintenance cycle and make sure the algae I do see is not the stuff I just wiped out. Fingers remain crossed!

Thanks again for sticking with me!
Aloha,
Eric

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:11 am
by ScottFish
Congrats on the algae battle. I love the drift wood.

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:01 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Scottfish,

Thanks for the kind words. I am hoping I am on the slow road back, but...
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This is the tank about 2 weeks since the last water change and just before it's 90% water change, gravel vacuum, and filter flush. The drek on the glass is algae. Behind it, you can see the driftwood is now green. Worse, some of this stuff is fuzzy (though not grass-like as in the past). You can see some of that fuzz on the filter uptake to the right.

On the upshot, the java fern is still algae free, and the trial clipping of foxtail did well enough for me to cut in half. I will transfer in more clippings to see if this stuff an outcompete the new algae onslaught. Oh, and the fish remain healthy.

Having exhausted every tool at hand, I am considering raising algae in hopes that by declaring it a desired decorative element I will compel its death.

Scraping, scrubbing, and siphoning await me this Saturday as the fight...and this blog thread...drag on!

Aloha,Eric

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:01 pm
by Diana
More plants should help.

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:16 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Got it. More "foxtail" will go in after the cleaning this weekend.

Aloha,
Eric

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:20 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Quick update...

No black beard algae. I can live with the stuff growing on the wood, as it seems to be "normal" algae. There is some red algae on the glass, but this came off easily during my routine maintenance today, and it grew slowly over two weeks. I used up the last of the AlgaeFix, and I am hoping I am done with it. I will maintain the photoperiod and light setting as suggested, and I am building up my plant load. The "foxtail" is growing, and my "Val" may be recovering. The leaves, less than 1/2" long, are at least fully formed and green. I have to buy more to remind myself they are there...One fell to vacuuming today!

This is trending in the right direction!

Enjoy your weekend!
Eric

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:23 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Uggghh...this stuff is coming back. I guess AlgaeFix will now become a standard additive to this tank as I try to bring the plant life up to speed. The LFS is going to love me that much more.

Aloha,
Eric

Re: Algae - Knockdown, Nuke, or Adjust?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:56 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Update:

I am resolved to simply accept mechanical removal of this "stuff" with my regular water changes will be part of the routine. Control, not elimination, is now my more limited goal.

I am still trying to find plants that might work:
- Sagittaria sp. Rotted to nothing...
- "Jungle Val." Went in last week. It's not dead yet.
- "Some-kine Floating Plant." Also added last week. Also not dead yet. I heard it feels like dancing.

I also dropped the photo-period another hour. It slowed the return without killing my vaunted Cryptocryne sp.

There is a scene from the 1950-s era version of the "War of the Worlds" where, after nuking the aliens to ne effect, the dust covered general declares, "Guns, tanks, bombs! They are also worthless against these things!" Then he goes on to say how we will fight on, regardless. I sort of feel his pain.

Aloha,
Eric