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02-01-2012, 12:10 AM #1
Brown Algae on Amazon Sword Leaves
Okay....The BBA on my Anubias is slowly getting better but I also have some brown algae on the older leaves of my amazon swords. My 65 Gallon tank has been up and running for over 3 years but I will admit that when my Python was out of commission the past coupls of months my water changing schedule went out the door due to various reasons too. I did them, just not weekly.
So now that I'm back on track with my water changes will this algae eventually go away or is there something else I need to do to get rid of it?
Oh, I'm pruning the plant because several leaves are looking a little raggedy for some reason and just need to go. There has been quite a bit of new growth ever since I put the root tabs back in the substrate (hadn't done that for a very long time) I want to keep those leaves nice and green.
What to do about the brown algae on the leaves that are remaining?10 Gallon: Planted Red Cherry Shrimp
65 Gallon: Planted South American Community
30 Gallon: Planted Bolivian Ram Tank
Reduce The Stress....Cycle Fishless!
04-04-2012, 07:29 PM #2
i would get some plecos there take care of dat" The Day i learn how to fly, i'm never coming down."
- Rise Against.
04-05-2012, 12:48 AM #3
When I had too much algae on my swords leaves, I actually took the plant out of the tank and using old tank water and my thumb, rubbed the leaves clean. I know a plant doesn't like to be moved but I figured it was an easy way of cleaning up the algae. The plant was re-planted in the same spot and after a few weeks it started sprouting new growth and the algae has stayed away from the leaves.
This may not be the right thing to do but it's worked for me, so far.
If you have the room in your tank and can support a fish species to do the work for you, why not? Just remember that once the initial food source is exhausted it will be up to you to replace it.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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