Cladophora indicate a CO2 and nutrient related shortfall in the tank.
It is resolved by implementing a more robust dosing scheme as well as improving CO2/flow and distribution in the tank.
H2O2 dipping does a lot of damage to the plants. Best to remove the algae via mechanical means.
OK, well if you use a small paint brush then you can use any strength of peroxide and paint the algae.
It's better to use something like Excel or other liquid carbon because at least that will aid the plant.
Algal spores are always being introduced into the tank. If the plants are healthy then the spores will not bloom.
That particular plant has suffered poor nutrition/poor CO2 so if you put it in a tank that has sufficient levels of nutrients/CO2 then it will recover.
Well, again, you could do so, but it really doesn't matter.
The algae that you fear is already in the destination tank. You will not be introducing any more algae by simply placing the plant directly into the tank.
People seem to think of algae as some kind of "infection", and they are under the illusion that a plant which has been infected with algae by virtue of it's having been in a tank suffering an algae bloom some how will carry that infection into the new tank.
Algae rule the planet. They reproduce by spores and the spores are everywhere. The spores have an infinite shelf life.
So in a way, algae are immortal.
The minute you set up a tank, algal spore are already attached to the inner walls. Spores are attached to your hands, so simply placing your hand in the water introduces spores to the tank.
Plants suffer algal blooms as a direct result of their being in poor health. Algae are predators and as soon as a plant weakens, the chimical signature of that weakening tell the spores that they can bloom.
Poor health of a plant occurs as a direct result of poor nutrition or poor CO2.
Therefore if you move a plant from an unhealthy tank to a tank that is healthy, then that plant will recover and the plants that are already in the healthy tank will not be affected by the algae that you have introduced by the unhealthy plant - and the reason is that they are healthy and the algal spores realize that there is no point in blooming because the prey has escaped.
So all this hand wringing about this dip, or of that strength of dip is much ado about nothing. You cannot make a plant healthy or algae free simply by dipping. The plant must recover its health by being fed proper nutrition and by ensuring good CO2 if the tank is being enriched.
Simply removed all damaged leaves (because these leaves will never recover) and insert the plant in the new tank.
As far as snail eggs, follow whatever recommended dip for those and carry on.
If Excel dip works, it won't be because it killed algae. It will work because it will have boosted the CO2 availability.
If you paint Excel or Peroxide neat on wood, stone (or Anubias leaves) with algae, you can observe the algae discolouring & dropping offIf Excel dip works, it won't be because it killed algae. It will work because it will have boosted the CO2 availability.
Yes, spores bloom and immediately produce more spores, so it's entirely possible that there are actually MORE spores in a tank with visible blooms.It's really your position that the algae spore load in a tank with no visible algae (or minimal visible algae) is the same level as in a tank with vast amounts of visible algae?
Because the number of spores in the tank is vast compared to the amount that you kill on the leaf with peroxide the effect is insignificant. As soon as you place the plant back into the tank more spores will attach to the leaves and will later bloom.If you paint Excel or Peroxide neat on wood, stone (or Anubias leaves) with algae, you can observe the algae discolouring & dropping off
If just increased CO2 did the same, just exposing the algae to air should have the same effect
No, all types of spores eventually find their way into the tank and bloom as the opportunity presents itself.I was under the impression that Cladophora had to be physically introduced into the tank to cause an outbreak. If that's not the case then idk what all this fuss is about!
As soon as you place the plant back into the tank more spores will attach to the leaves and will later bloom.
Could you dip the plants in excel, when moving them from algae ridden tank?