Help - Algae Outbreak!

Discussion in 'Algae' started by swackett, 29 May 2008.

  1. Matt Holbrook-Bull

    Matt Holbrook-Bull Founder

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    Otto's, shrimp and snails love the brown if you dont want to black out to get rid :)
     
  2. swackett

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    HI Matt,

    Yeah got a few otto's although they don't come out of the corner now, not sure if they are being bullied by the SAE's we put.
     
  3. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    If it's the brown fluffy brown alage then it should go away after a few weeks by itself. Do multiple water changes to help as well as manual removal.

    Cheers,
     
  4. REDSTEVEO

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    ROWAPHOS :twisted: Not that old chestnut!! Ditch it and do as Clive says. Don't worry he is not half as scary as his picture. :D


    Steve.
     
  5. swackett

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    hehe thanks,

    Clive, I'm getting my new filter tomorrow, I'm putting the spray bars along the back wall pointing forward, and am just wondering if could let me know the best place to put the co2 diffusor? I was thinking at the back so that bubbles go up into the jets but not sure.

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  6. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, that sounds like as good a place as any. I have external diffusers so the effluent is already CO2 enriched as it exits the spraybars. If you are using an internal diffusers you'll have to play with locations until you get the best mixture. Just try different mountings and see how quickly your dropchecker changes at each location.

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  7. swackett

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    Got the Eheim 2078 on Saturday along with an extra 2 spray bars. Very impressed by the quality of the product, only slightly let down by the cheap green plastic fittings. Got the filter up and running with three spray bars along the back wall (no way there are going to be dead spots now!) and I must say it is very quiet, even when running at almost the full fow rate.

    The water is now clearer than when I had the fluval running and all the plants are moving as if in a breeze :D

    Hopefully along with a switch to dry ferts soon this will spell the beginning of the end for the algae :twisted:

    I'll post some pics soon

    Steve
     
  8. swackett

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    Think the higher temp is just down to the higher room temp now that it's warmer outside.

    I've been dosing TPN+ now for a few weeks along with 50% water changes and am now starting to see a change in the plants and a lot more growth. The new filter has definately helped (should have got one ages ago) the detritus is now collecting around the filter intake rather than along the tenelus which it did before with Fluval filter. All the plants are now moving in the "breeze" :D

    Here are a couple of pics (not quiet in focus)

    Roma2_sm.jpg

    Clive, note I've taken up your idea with the 3 spray bars along the back :) - Excellent flow which gets to all parts of the tank

    Roma1_sm.jpg

    The Eusteralis Stellata is now growing madly in the middle :D

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  9. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    Good stuff. :D You're on the way. Try to keep everything pruned so you avoid flow blockages.

    Cheers,
     

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