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    Algae Prevention

    Just found this on PT here
    Credit goes to Christine for making this

    It was made awhile ago so there are probably new ideas like the hydra for example, now you can use dewormer. But these ideas still work.



    Also please go to this thread for more algae information: http://scapeclub.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=124
    Last edited by CGAR; 01-21-2012 at 12:17 AM.

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    Thanks Neil! Now I finally know what the heck people are talking about with the whole BGA, BBA, GSA business I see in posts

    I knew it was algae-related, but I didn't know what kinds.
    Last edited by resowner92; 04-12-2009 at 04:24 PM.

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    Heres another helpful site and it has pics of all the algae

    http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm

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    Man someone needs to move that edit button on the mod panel lol i keep pressing edit when I want quote

    Quote Originally Posted by Chasimir View Post
    Thanks Neil! Now I finally know what the heck people are talking about with the whole BGA, BBA, GSA business I see in posts

    I knew it was algae-related, but I didn't know what kinds.
    Now I was going to say dont you just hate acronyms

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    Yeah, mostly. I do like some acronyms (mostly computer related, like IP, CPU, RAM, etc.), so that probably makes me a hypocrite

    I think there has been a trend to over-use acronyms instead of sticking to the well established ones. I don't think anyone has a problem with CO2 or PH, but some are just silly that weren't being used 10 years ago. Just yesterday we went met someone for dinner at CPK (apparently the new way to say California Pizza Kitchen). I don't know when Stone Temple Pilots turned into STP, and I'm not sure why that trend has spread to most multi-word things. I blame the whole texting generation that thinks it's super cool to write things like "c u l8r @ CPK." That seems even more annoying that script kitties who write things like "j00 4r3 n07 l337" because now everyone can do it. Most of the non-standard acronyms I was used to seeing 10 years ago were in online gaming and mainly consisted of STFU.

    I never used the online standards like ROFL and LOL. For some reason I was always more comfortable writing out hahsehsaehehehahehehehaeeh!!!11111 as if my fingers were doing the laughing. I give the emoticons use here since Toby and everyone put so much effort into providing them Ones I do use are usually to limit curse words in public forums, like PITA, SOB, and the always classic ***.

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    Neil, thanks. Its good to have for reference. Im battling BGA right now o the big tank.

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    Ya thanks, apparently right now I have BBA, BGA, and some sort of hair algae. I've been manually removing as much as possible and trying to keep CO2 at a constant high level. I'll keep doing this for a while since this is a new tank so algae blooms are expected, but if it gets bad I'm going to do a blackout for a few days. May the force be with all who need this page for reference...

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    Such a useful table! It's great. My newly planted 4gal has BBA, hair algae, green spot algae, and tons of BGA.

    I bought Ultralife BGA remover for about $13 on Amazon and am waiting to try it. Perhaps it'll be a good alternative to the black out method, which I hear doesn't get rid of BGA completely.

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    thanks! the chart is very useful

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    I might be able to help with algae issues. Been studying it for 3 years on SW and FW, and now looking to get more knowledge and apply it to planted. I've seen others do it on planted, but it's certainly the least-understood area.

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    Thank you for the chart. I decided to take CO2 out from one of my Ebis and add an additional light to it to compromise the CO2 (Now it has 2x13 Watt) and I am currently battling hair algae problem. According to the chart, I need to dose excel + do more WC but do you guys think I should leave 2x13 watt light? I think since I took out the CO2, the only plant that is not doing well is the belem. It was really lush before and now it is kinda yellowish.

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    Not sure I understood you correctly, Hendra, but adding more light does not compensate for the lack of co2. Not sure where you got this idea from. An increase in light ALSO increases the demand of co2. Usually if you opt out of co2 use, it would make sense to decrease the light output to lower plants' demands for nutrients, thus creating more room for error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phan10ms View Post
    Not sure I understood you correctly, Hendra, but adding more light does not compensate for the lack of co2. Not sure where you got this idea from. An increase in light ALSO increases the demand of co2. Usually if you opt out of co2 use, it would make sense to decrease the light output to lower plants' demands for nutrients, thus creating more room for error.
    Thank you, Peter. I am still very new to this hobby and my assumption was light and CO2 are in the same equation to promote growth to the plants so if I take out one variable, I need to double the other variable to make it up but it looks like my assumption is wrong. I will take out the second light and dose Excel and WC and see where it leads me. Thanks again!

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    Isn't yellow also an indicator of needing iron?

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