confirmation of steps to take

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Chris Tinker, 9 Sep 2019.

  1. Chris Tinker

    Chris Tinker Member

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    looking at the levels of nutrients in my TNC and the EI i will be using its clearly been starved of nutrients.

    so i have upped my nutrients lights are on for 6hrs. i might reduce this? thoughts.

    co2 seems stable. pressurised co2 with online. 1 hr before and off 1 hr before lights off. nice green on the indicator.

    so i think i know why this has happened, and a plan to fix it.

    now do i also need to cut and remove all the affected plant leaves? some would result in non left!

    suggestions on this please... though one plant has thrived massively. 20190909_215609.jpg 20190909_215622.jpg 20190909_215557.jpg
     
  2. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    I probably wouldn't go under six hours.
    I probably would.

    If it isn't too herculean an undertaking I'd try pinching the effected leaves off one at a time. Once the plants are growing more strongly you will tend to prune off most of the algae before it becomes too visible. This doesn't work with slow growing plants, with persistent leaves, like Bolbitis or Anubias.
    How do you feel about snails? Ramshorn snails don't eat the adult algae, but they will graze off the Red Algae sporelings.

    cheers Darrel
     
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  3. Chris Tinker

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    i really like pets... how many would you say works for a 300 litre? 4ft tank?
     
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    Hi all,
    You don't need to start with many, they multiply pretty quickly if there is food for them.

    You are more than welcome to some of mine. They will small ones, because <"shell attrition"> always gets them before they get too big in my tanks.

    cheers Darrel
     
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