• You are viewing the forum as a Guest, please login (you can use your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft account to login) or register using this link: Log in or Sign Up
  • You can now follow UKAPS on Instagram.

Nature in my living room

premierpark

Seedling
Joined
18 Jul 2017
Messages
15
Location
Nagyigmánd
Final full tank shot:

DSC_0470.JPG


Title: Nature in my living room

Dimensions:60x40x40

CO2: high pressure co2 bottle, Papillon reductor, aquario diffuser, 24hours

Filtration: Eheim 2075 limited edition with glass IN- / Outflows

Lights: ATI Sun Power T5 - 4x24W , Sylvania T5 - 24 W ; 6500 K; 1850 lm

Photo Period: 14:00-21:00

Fertilisation: Tropica Plant Nutrition liquid

Substrate:Tropica Plant Growth Substrate; Tropica Aquarium soil

Hardscape:Red moor


Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides cuba , Rotala sp mini , Rotala rotundifola , Rotala macranda mini , Anubias mini

Fauna: taiwan bee shrimp, amano shrimp, otocinclus
 
Last edited:

dw1305

Expert
UKAPS Team
Joined
7 Apr 2008
Messages
12,455
Location
nr Bath
Hi all,
hero_trolls_aspen.jpg


Troll hair? or possibly a <"green filamentous algae">, you would need to look under a microscope to find out exactly which one but, assuming it isn't nylon, <"Oedogonium"> or <"Spirogyra"> would be an option. They are quite slimy to the touch, Cladophora is usually darker green, and gritty to the touch, and most animals won't eat it.

Because the green algae belong to the <"same clade"> as all the higher plants (mosses, ferns and angiosperms) they share the same photosystems and basic physiology. This means that conditions that favour the growth of the plants you want are also favourable for those you don't (green algae).

As <"@mow said"> suggests reducing light levels may work or <"adding shrimps"> etc.

cheers Darrel
 

premierpark

Seedling
Thread starter
Joined
18 Jul 2017
Messages
15
Location
Nagyigmánd
looks like hair algae to me . looking at your lighting i think its too much light
Hi all,
hero_trolls_aspen.jpg


Troll hair? or possibly a <"green filamentous algae">, you would need to look under a microscope to find out exactly which one but, assuming it isn't nylon, <"Oedogonium"> or <"Spirogyra"> would be an option. They are quite slimy to the touch, Cladophora is usually darker green, and gritty to the touch, and most animals won't eat it.

Because the green algae belong to the <"same clade"> as all the higher plants (mosses, ferns and angiosperms) they share the same photosystems and basic physiology. This means that conditions that favour the growth of the plants you want are also favourable for those you don't (green algae).

As <"@mow said"> suggests reducing light levels may work or <"adding shrimps"> etc.

cheers Darrel

thanks guys! what is the better choise:

  • my light dimmable, so i'm able to set the light 50-70-90 % etc
  • just turn off 2 of the 4 lamps and then the light is 0,5w/litre
 

mow said

Member
Joined
3 Dec 2016
Messages
192
Location
enfield
Looking at the picture of your tank it looks like you have anubias on top and that is where the algae grows. Anubias is a slow growing plant and when you have that much lighting which is fine for other plants but the anubias is right on top of the lights that is the reason you are seeing algae.

As @dw105 said "Because the green algae belong to the <"same clade"> as all the higher plants (mosses, ferns and angiosperms) they share the same photosystems and basic physiology. This means that conditions that favour the growth of the plants you want are also favourable for those you don't (green algae)".

My approach would be put those anubias in a shaded area make sure it's shaded like the anubias at the bottom of your photo, manually remove the algae with a toothbrush, reduce light time to 5 hours or dim the lights to 70 percent 14:00 to 21:00 etc. Add some amanos around 10 they will help clear the rest of the algae that is left.
 

Silviu Man

Member
Joined
12 Jun 2017
Messages
345
Location
Barlad, Romania
Hi!

That algae are the right food for SAE. The problem with SAE is they grow and then will make a lot of trouble in the tank after they finish their job.
But can be used temporary, together with Oto and Amano, in this case, with nice results.
 

premierpark

Seedling
Thread starter
Joined
18 Jul 2017
Messages
15
Location
Nagyigmánd
Looking at the picture of your tank it looks like you have anubias on top and that is where the algae grows. Anubias is a slow growing plant and when you have that much lighting which is fine for other plants but the anubias is right on top of the lights that is the reason you are seeing algae.

As @dw105 said "Because the green algae belong to the <"same clade"> as all the higher plants (mosses, ferns and angiosperms) they share the same photosystems and basic physiology. This means that conditions that favour the growth of the plants you want are also favourable for those you don't (green algae)".

My approach would be put those anubias in a shaded area make sure it's shaded like the anubias at the bottom of your photo, manually remove the algae with a toothbrush, reduce light time to 5 hours or dim the lights to 70 percent 14:00 to 21:00 etc. Add some amanos around 10 they will help clear the rest of the algae that is left.
Hi!

That algae are the right food for SAE. The problem with SAE is they grow and then will make a lot of trouble in the tank after they finish their job.
But can be used temporary, together with Oto and Amano, in this case, with nice results.
I have already turn off half of the lights. light time 14:00 to 21:00. So now 0,5w/liter.
There are 10 amano in the tank and 4 otocinclus. And abou 7 taiwan bee shrimp. Carbo is not a good solution to kill the algae? With a small brush i can daub the algae.
 

Silviu Man

Member
Joined
12 Jun 2017
Messages
345
Location
Barlad, Romania
To understand what kind of algae are eaten by different species, check their mouthpiece. Snails and Oto are adapted for flat surfaces. This goes well with GSA and brown dusty algae. Shrimps have small pliers that bring to the mouthpiece particles and small hair algae. SAE have a kind of rostrum, that aloud them to absorb in particular long hair shape algae and algae in the shape of wadding. So, this because why, to cover the range of algae need to have a combination of Snails, Oto, Shrimps and SAE. Of course, BBA is a sign of low or variable level of CO2, BGA apear mostly in low nitrates level, brown dusty algae are common in new established aquarium, with high content of ammonia, a.s.o. But, besides this, as a natural way, algae eaters are quite specialized.
 

mow said

Member
Joined
3 Dec 2016
Messages
192
Location
enfield
I have already turn off half of the lights. light time 14:00 to 21:00. So now 0,5w/liter.
There are 10 amano in the tank and 4 otocinclus. And abou 7 taiwan bee shrimp. Carbo is not a good solution to kill the algae? With a small brush i can daub the algae.
no need to turn half of the lights as you have a carpet which needs allot of light just dim it to 70 - 80 percent same time as you had them before. Carbo will turn it red then the shrimps will munch on it but as i said before manually remove it with a toothbrush and the rest that you cannot remove paint it with a brush when doing water change or use a syringe to spot dose the algae every day till it turns red. Be carefull with the dose as you have shrimps inside the tank. No need to buy SAE as they get big and hard to catch once you put them in.
 

mow said

Member
Joined
3 Dec 2016
Messages
192
Location
enfield
And also put those anubias on a shaded area or you will have the same problem or even other type of algae on them as i said before anubias is a slow growing plant and you have them near the light which will make it worse.
 
Top