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    So I'm a noob fish owner and plant owner and panic about everything


    What is this radioactive plant doing lmao

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    That's blue-green algae, which is not actually an alga but rather a photosynthetic bacterium. They tend to bloom in waters with high organic content, and some species may produce environmental toxins harmful to animals.
    I'd remove as much as I can with the siphon/gravel vac, and increase the frequency and size of water changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    That's blue-green algae, which is not actually an alga but rather a photosynthetic bacterium. They tend to bloom in waters with high organic content, and some species may produce environmental toxins harmful to animals.
    I'd remove as much as I can with the siphon/gravel vac, and increase the frequency and size of water changes.
    Would high organic content be because I have too many plants?

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    No...could be from overfeeding, though
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    madagascariensis got the nail on the head to much organics it could come from food and yes also from dead plant material but just siphon it off the plants and do water changes and this will help a ton

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    Okay. I did a 50% water change and scrubbed all my deco with hot water and a brand new toothbrush. Ran my plants under water to get all the mulm off and removed the radioactive leaf

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    Next time no need to remove the plants if you run the siphon hose over the leaves the blue-green algae should come right off.

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    Next time no need to remove the plants if you run the siphon hose over the leaves the blue-green algae should come right off.
    My siphon isn't very good it's a cheap one from petsmart so it doesn't do that I need to pick up a better one

    I just used gloves and pulled the leaf off

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    The cyanobacteria won't go away quickly. It will take perhaps weeks of water quality control and removal before it is eradicated.

    because of this you probably should try to take it off the leaves as opposed to pulling leaves off, the cyanobacteria will re-colonize faster than the plant can grow.

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    The cyanobacteria won't go away quickly. It will take perhaps weeks of water quality control and removal before it is eradicated.

    because of this you probably should try to take it off the leaves as opposed to pulling leaves off, the cyanobacteria will re-colonize faster than the plant can grow.
    If I take the plant out will that stop it? Cause he has looots of other plants

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