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  1. sparkyweasel

    What is this light brown, stringy algae?

    In addition to the good advice above, I would add some fast-growing plants. If they don't fit with your plans you can remove them when the tank is more mature and your chosen plants are established. I would also add some snails. hth
  2. sparkyweasel

    New tank algae problem

    I'm using TNC Complete, it seems as good as any.
  3. sparkyweasel

    New tank algae problem

    They boast "It is completely free of nitrate and phosphate this effectively prevents the unwanted growth of algae." Nitrate and phosphate are essential for plant growth, and plant growth will inhibit algae. I think you need to add some to your ferts regime, or get a complete fertiliser to...
  4. sparkyweasel

    Furry plants

    Also "All water parameters are good." doesn't tell us much. What are you testing, and what are the actual results?
  5. sparkyweasel

    Algae issue

    If you mean the Specialised and the Premium I don't think there would be any advantage.
  6. sparkyweasel

    Algae issue

    You might get better results with a complete fertiliser. Tropica Specialied if you stick with Tropica. And add more plants, including floaters as others have said.
  7. sparkyweasel

    Algae issue

    Are you dosing fertiliser? If so, what and how much?
  8. sparkyweasel

    White Algae ID

    I keep threatening mine, but it doesn't seem bothered. :)
  9. sparkyweasel

    Plagued by unknown brown slime

    The are quite adaptable.The real problem is finding healthy stock to start with. They don't like the standard importing and shipping methods.
  10. sparkyweasel

    New set up algae

    You might need to explain that a bit more.
  11. sparkyweasel

    Green stringy algae problem

    Some information about your tank would help. :) Tank info guidelines here. Please read the guidelines for Algae help!
  12. sparkyweasel

    Losing battle with tank

    You could buy* one more bunch of hornwort, put half in your tank and half in a tub or bucket outside. If you have to bin what's in the tank after a week, you can replace it from the tub; what's in the tub will have doubled by then so you can have a constant supply. *Unless any-one lives near...
  13. sparkyweasel

    Algae issues- lighting? Advice needed

    I would reduce the lighting to start with. Brown algae (diatoms) usually go away after a week or two; people can give any advice they like and it will always seem to work. :) I would also add more plants, especially fast-growing stem plants. Algae seem to have a hard time when there are lots of...
  14. sparkyweasel

    Brown algae/Diatoms

    You're right, it can. But also from airborne spores.
  15. sparkyweasel

    Brown algae/Diatoms

    Are we talking about the brown patches on the Amazon Swords? They don't look like diatoms to me, more like damaged leaves. Can you remove the brown patches ny rubbing the leaves?
  16. sparkyweasel

    GSA- BBA Suspect Imbalance

    Congratulations! :)
  17. sparkyweasel

    Another Tank ?

    Absolutely :)
  18. sparkyweasel

    Persistent Algae

    Have the plants been slowly deteriorating since the move? Or was there a sudden die-off? I suspect the plant problem may be causing (or contributing to) the algae problem. I would put some cheap stem plants in, and see if they thrive and whether they help with the algae. If they do, they can be...
  19. sparkyweasel

    Is it possible to eliminate algae by sterilization

    ah yes, 'the land of the free'. :) I wonder what would happen if you told City Hall it's not a lawn. it's a wildflower meadow?
  20. sparkyweasel

    Algaecides (not Glutaraldehyde)

    With caution; remember clove oil is used as a fish sedative, anaesthetic or euthanasia agent depending on the dose.
  21. sparkyweasel

    Please help - algae infestation

    I would also* increase the water changes. You have recently gone from no fish to a lot of fish; you also have ammonia and nitrite showing on your tests. There will probably be other organic wastes that we cannot easily test for. Organic waste often contributes to algae problems and can be...
  22. sparkyweasel

    Fighting the BGM

    That all suggests to me that the tank ecosystem (in-tank and in-filter) is immature. BGA is often associated with a build-up of organic waste. I would increase the sze and/or frequency of water changes, at least until the tank matures. hth
  23. sparkyweasel

    Brown algae (diatoms) ?

    If you can wipe it off the affected leaves quite easily with a finger, it's probably diatoms; if you can't, it probably isn't. Please tell us that, as well as the info requested in the link in @MichaelJ 's post above.
  24. sparkyweasel

    Help with Green Spot Algae?

    I wouldn't worry about it. Only a few plants are fussy about it.
  25. sparkyweasel

    Help with Green Spot Algae?

    Have a look at this; EI for instructions and a video.
  26. sparkyweasel

    Red Algae/BBA - An Update

    Known as a discontinuous spectrum. I have always had the best results from incandescent bulbs, which have a continuous spectrum. Of course they are no longer available for domestic purposes.
  27. sparkyweasel

    Homing In On Cyanobacteria (aka 'BGA')

    Watching with bated breath. :)
  28. sparkyweasel

    eSHa Protolon 707

    I tend to think that a product that is intended to kill algae, parasites or whatever, probably won't be very effective if the ingredients are harmless. :)
  29. sparkyweasel

    Goodbye BBA!

  30. sparkyweasel

    Plants turning black

    Not according to that report. :) 19.77mg/l average, 27.6710 maximum, 3.35 minimum. I would keep using complete fertiliser, nitrate won't cause you problems, lack of nitrate would. Have a look at; Nitrate toxicity I think @Konsa is right, you need to sort your lights and CO2 out.
  31. sparkyweasel

    How to fix this algae in new tank

    You certainly need to keep on top of the water changes with livestock in an immature tank (especially if that's a substrate that leaches ammonia). More plants will help with that as well, especially fast-growing stems; you can remove them later when the tank is more balanced if they don't fit...
  32. sparkyweasel

    Multiple Issues, help would be much appreciated!

    There's a lot of poor information around concerning nitrate. @dw1305 has done a lot of debunking, backed up with science. If you want a lot of reading, this thread; Post #5 and the ones it links to, will give you plenty. Darrel explains that nitrate from tap water or fertiliser is not a...
  33. sparkyweasel

    Multiple Issues, help would be much appreciated!

    I would also change to a complete fertiliser, such as TNC Complete; or mix your own, - which works out a lot cheaper with a big tank.
  34. sparkyweasel

    A bit of everything...

    It doesn't. TNC Complete would be better.
  35. sparkyweasel

    Oedogonium and diatoms?

    There's some discussion here; Silicates
  36. sparkyweasel

    Hello ....Algae issues!

    Welcome! :)
  37. sparkyweasel

    What types of algae don’t spread from spores

    Is there a difference in the phosphate when it is in solution if it came from organic rather than inorganic compounds?
  38. sparkyweasel

    What types of algae don’t spread from spores

    What types of algae don't spread from spores? Dead algae. :) And the spores get everywhere, I don't believe there is any practical way of keeping algae out. You need to provide conditions that favour good plant growth, healthy plants are less susceptible to attacks by algae. Excessive dissolved...
  39. sparkyweasel

    Black Beard Algae Keeps Coming Back!

    I agree that you should increase the ferts. Search the forum for DIY ferts if you want to save some cash. I would also increase water changes and filter cleaning, - at least until things improve. And vac the substrate when doing the water changes. The fish you have are big, boisterous (high...
  40. sparkyweasel

    Need advice on how to recover from few mistakes

    Are you using sodium or potassium in the ion exchanger? And why are you removing calcium and magnesium with the softener and then adding them back in? Have you done a pH profile?
  41. sparkyweasel

    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    Yes, Goldfish nibble on it, but most tropicals won't. Not sure about your Torpedo Barb, some barbs will have a nibble, but it grows fast and as you say it's cheap enough. :)
  42. sparkyweasel

    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    More plants will help you. You could get a big bunch of cheap Elodea from a pond shop to bulk up the plant mass, and then replace it with your chosen plants bit by bit when your tank is more balanced.
  43. sparkyweasel

    Struggling to grow anything that doesn't end up having algae issues

    Is the Hairgrass actually brown, or is it covered with brown algae? How big are your weekly water changes? Your drop checker never changes colour; does that include after the CO2 turns off? And after lights-out? A pH profile would be useful.
  44. sparkyweasel

    Algae identification and treatment

    Some information about your tank would help. :) Tank info guidelines here.
  45. sparkyweasel

    Algae Nightmare :/

    I think that's your biggest problem. Your Tropica Specialised fert won't hurt your shrimps. If the ClearX does what is claimed for it, it's bad for plants and good for algae. I would remove the ClearX and start dosing the fertiliser; I don't like to make too many changes at once, so I would...
  46. sparkyweasel

    The circle of algae

    They have their proirities right. Left-over food will cause bigger problems than algae, and it will contribute to the algae prblem.
  47. sparkyweasel

    Green spot algae treatment and prevention?

    And you say you have 0 nitrate. What are you dosing?
  48. sparkyweasel

    Advice on adding Ultralife Blue Green Slime Stain Remover

    If you kill it off it can come back, just as it does when you manually remove it. It's good to address the root cause, which could well be your dosing (or lack of it) as @ceg4048 suggested. If you could post some details of your set-up you should get plenty of help. eg; Tank info guidelines
  49. sparkyweasel

    Algae problems 2 week old scape

    Remember to look after yourself as well as your tank. :)
  50. sparkyweasel

    Algae, algae, algae

    Yes, more info would help. But I suspect a lack of macronutrients. Seachem Flourish is basically trace elements, no nitrogen or phosphorus.
  51. sparkyweasel

    Algae from hell - aggressive growth of basically every type in a 4 month old tank

    If they have been poorly treated during the import/wholesale/retail process they might be unable to recover. In particular, if they are not properly fed they can lose essential gut microflora which they cannot replace. Then you can feed them well, and see fat bellies, but they cannot properly...
  52. sparkyweasel

    Aquarium sand and diatoms...

    Could you also ask them to test/measure the solubility of the silicon compounds?
  53. sparkyweasel

    Green hair algae taking over

    @ceg4048 is probably right, he knows his CO2 stuff, and the fact that your non-CO2 tanks are fine suggests that some aspect of your CO2 is the cause. Could you post more details of your set-up? And photos are very helpful too, if possible. There's a guide you could follow here; Algae
  54. sparkyweasel

    Algae problems

    Also think about fertiliser. Flourish is only trace elements.
  55. sparkyweasel

    Is this diatoms smothering everything?

    Lol, just saw Darrel's post. :) Even Great Ramshorns won't attack healthy plants.
  56. sparkyweasel

    Is this diatoms smothering everything?

    Giant Columbian Ramshorns will. Little red ones won't.
  57. sparkyweasel

    Severe cyanobacteria outbreak.

    And Anabaena has not one, but two catalases. Paper
  58. sparkyweasel

    Severe cyanobacteria outbreak.

    I don't know it applies to all species, but cyanobacteria usually has a distinctive smell. Have you had a sniff?
  59. sparkyweasel

    Identify this algae for me?

    Welcome! :) More information would help. Tank info guidelines
  60. sparkyweasel

    Alger and dead fish :(

    When you don't know the cause of the problem, extra water changes are a good starting point. Did the fish show any symptoms before they died? Changes in appearamce or behaviour?
  61. sparkyweasel

    What are these!?

    If you leave a tiny bit of one behind, it can regrow. If you break one up, any parts left behind can each regrow into a new Hydra. Hence the name, - after the Lernaean Hydra. And they don't die of old age. So they are fascinating (you could keep some in a jar and feed them daphnia) but, as...
  62. sparkyweasel

    Algae Problems

    You're right to be cautious. It's best to make any changes to your CO2 in small increments, and only on a day when you will be able to check on your fish every few minutes thoughout the day. What is your water change routine? Sorry if you've already mentioned it and I missed it.
  63. sparkyweasel

    Algae Problems

    Remove the Nitrex (just in case it's working in your case) and use a complete fertiliser. Start with the TNC Complete, then later on we might get you into mixing your own ferts; it's a lot cheaper, but a good ready-mixed product gives you convenience for a price.
  64. sparkyweasel

    Algae Problems

    It doesn't seem to be living up to that 'suggestion' in @Adam Dunkley 's tank. :)
  65. sparkyweasel

    Algae Problems

    Welcome! :) Nitrate is an important plant nutrient. Unfortunately Flourish does not contain nitrate, or phosphate. A complete fertiliser might be a better choice. More plants would help to establish a balance in favour of plants and against algae, preferably fast-growing species, stem plants...
  66. sparkyweasel

    Hair algae

    Not enough is more likely; Profito calls itself a complete plant food, but it does not contain nitrate or phosphate, both of which your plants need. And, as @Mr.Shenanagins says, if you inject CO2, it needs to be stable and consistent. The plants you have named will grow fine without injecting...
  67. sparkyweasel

    Algae problem

    How long has the tank been running? Brown algae is often Diatoms, which are common in a new tank, or one that has been changed around. The good news is that they usually go away as the tank settled down. They thrive in low light, so reducing your lighting may have been detrimental to your plants...
  68. sparkyweasel

    Bleach for Purigen but not wood?

    You need to do that several times, maybe dozens of times. As @alto and @hypnogogia have said, you can add a big dose of Prime to the water, - then you can get away with fewer chages, but it will still need quite a few. When you think it's free of bleach, soak the wood again, and put some...
  69. sparkyweasel

    What exactly causes BBA?

    But you have CO2 and a fancy light; your plants need nutrients to thrive and compete with the algae, and the light, nutrients and CO2 need to be balanced. Algae are adaptable and can thrive when they are not so well-balanced. Some more tank details would help, as in this Link
  70. sparkyweasel

    What is this?

    Somebody needed to say it. :)
  71. sparkyweasel

    What is this?

    Not very useful. Did they know what you wanted tested or why? When they said 'within normal parameters' were they thinking of a normal community tank? I think you should get some test kits so you can test your water yourself. Ideally you want to know the parameters used by the breeder your...
  72. sparkyweasel

    Full disclosure

    Sorry to hear that Darrel. All the best.
  73. sparkyweasel

    20L Balcony pond - Cyanobacteria - Saving plants

    I would take the moss stones out and let the moss grow emersed for a few days; that should kill off the cyano on those. And I would take some cuttings of the Water Mint, using the emersed growth; they would be a back-up in case the bleach kills the main plants. Then clean the trough out and...
  74. sparkyweasel

    What is this?

    Also please tell us if you have changed anything recently. But I suspect things have been gradually deteriorating, culminating in the outbreak of algae. Are those Jewel Cichlids in the pic? How many, and how big? Any other fish? What's your feeding regime?
  75. sparkyweasel

    A Fresh Look At Preventing Algae?

    I think you've hit the nail on the head there, with indiscriminate testing. That's very different to what you are doing in trying to understand what's happening in your tank and investigating a particular issue. I don't like newcomers getting told they must test once a week for pH, DH, KH, NO2...
  76. sparkyweasel

    Algae affecting plants

    No problem keeping plants with those sorts of fish. You need to adjust yout ferts to allow for the amout of nitrogen in the fish's waste. I would cut out the macro (NPK) completely to start with and see how the plants get on. You might need to go back to dosing small amounts of P and/or K if and...
  77. sparkyweasel

    Algae affecting plants

    You could just have on and off, but I'm assuming you want the gradual increase for your fish; in which case ramping up from off to full over 10 or 15 minutes will be ok.
  78. sparkyweasel

    Algae affecting plants

    I think Fiske is right, that's a long photoperiod. Also, the dawn and sunset may be giving four hours when the light is enough for algae to grow but too dim for your plants to benefit. I would; Reduce those times to 30mins, or 15 if your controller can do that. Remove as much algae as you can...
  79. sparkyweasel

    Cyanobacteria Identification - At Last!

    I think I'm in the wrong business. :)
  80. sparkyweasel

    Cyanobacteria Identification - At Last!

    Perhaps you could try the experiment in jars with some stem plant trimmings, rather than risk upsetting your tank.
  81. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    True, but calcium doesn't cause shrimps. :)
  82. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    I don't think anything would reduce silicates to below the level that diatoms can utilise, it's in the parts-per-billion range. While the test kit might tell you how much is in your water, it doesn't really help it you can't do anything about it. And do you need to do anything about the silicate...
  83. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    They were C. calamistratum too. I dosed Excel as per the instructions one evening, the next morning there were a few wisps of slimy stuff where the leaves had been and the bulbs were soft and mushy. I left the bulbs in case they could recover, but they didn't. It's interesting that yours aren't...
  84. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    Sorry, I misinterpreted your summary. :) I haven't tried Excel with Egeria, hopefully some-one who has can advise. I've only tried it with Crinums, they melted overnight, I didn't even get a chance to see if there was any colour change etc. I really shouldn't have tried it on my most expensive...
  85. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    Those and the Ferropol should be OK for ferts. I hope your new Egeria does better than the last batch, but if it doesn't, could you post some pics of it when it starts to struggle? That might give us a clue about the cause of its demise.
  86. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    That should be a great help. :)
  87. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    Which ones?
  88. sparkyweasel

    Staghorn and trimming H. pinnatifida: how much is too much?

    Salvinia would dim it. :)
  89. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    Well spotted! I think that confirms what we suspected. @Marcus_F I think you should get a good, complete fertiliser, eg TNC Complete, and start by dosing as per the instructions to keep things simple. Combined with your new plants, I think that will be a great help. Personally, I wouldn't change...
  90. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    It would work, but I think a lot of people just prefer to try to save what they've got rather than scrap it and start again. Even when restarting is clearly the better option, and I don't think it is clearly better in this case. It's certainly a good plan though, and a viable option for Marcus...
  91. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    The perfect excuse for another tank. :)
  92. sparkyweasel

    Cloudy water

    Not Cerne Abbas then? :)
  93. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    Obviously I am biased, being a member, but I have a lot more confidence in what I read on here than elsewhere. That's why I am a member. :)
  94. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    I've nothing against Fluval and I've had some good products from them. But I like to get advice from a source that isn't trying to sell me anything. :)
  95. sparkyweasel

    Possible BBA and a host of questions

    That is a common myth. Apparently phosphate from agricultural run-off is associated with algal blooms in lakes, but that is a very different situation. Somebody must have put 2 and 2 together and got 587. :) If you want even more reading, there are threads on here debunking the myth, both with...
  96. sparkyweasel

    Cyanobacteria Identification - At Last!

    And old-time fishkeepers used to use willow roots as spawning mops, which was believed to help prevent the eggs from getting fungus.
  97. sparkyweasel

    Cyanobacteria Identification - At Last!

    I believe you are correct. A cynical person might think that could be a reason for not revealing what's in it. That person might also suspect a reason for selling it as a stain remover could be that the regulations are less stringent than for selling it as a pesticide, in terms of testing...
  98. sparkyweasel

    Cyanobacteria Identification - At Last!

    I think this is the paper; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2006.01571.x
  99. sparkyweasel

    BBA, what should I do next

    Yes. If cost is an issue (isn't it always?) concentrate on fast-growing plants as they will be more helpful. A lot of 'epiphytes' are quite slow-growing. You can add them later to complete the look you want. As for the substrate plants, I would get lots of cheap stems first and get the tank...
  100. sparkyweasel

    Algae problem.

    mg/ and ppm are effectively the same, so the report says less than 3.793ppm. Have you tried testing your tapwater? But as your other tank has no problem, using the same water, I doubt if your tapwater is the cause of the problems in this tank. If it was mine, I would try to get it more...