Thread: Darn algae
12-25-2007, 06:16 PM #1
I'm getting algae in my planted 55 that has been doing so well. I have 4 chinese algae eaters in that tank that aren't doing beans as far as keeping things cleaned up. Since I moved the platies out, my tank has become a mess.
The only thing I am doing different is I ran out of yeast so my CO2 has not been on and of course moving the platies out since this is now a firemouth tank.
Could not having CO2 cause this mess? Lights are on 10 hours a day. Algae is only on the plants, not the glass. It's a tiny bit fuzzy looking and hope it's not the beginning of hair algae! Two large water changes this week of almost 75%.
12-25-2007, 07:08 PM #2
0Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
CAEs don't do diddley as far as algae goes. They only gnaw at it when they are young. When they grow a bit, they prefer fish food and the body slime off other fish if they don't feel like they are getting enough flake. Take them back and trade them for SAEs. They'll do the job. I'd suggest Otocinclus or Paratocinclus to clean your leaves, but they wouldn't be a good idea with firemouths as they are just about bite sized to the Cichlids.
The Co2 helps vascular plants grow faster to outcompete algae for available nutrients, thus with no Co2, the algae has the upper hand as the plants aren't growing fast enough to outstrip it. I use pressurized Co2 at 30 to 35 ppm and still get just enough algae to keep my sucker-mouthed catfishes interested. All tanks have some algae tucked away in a corner or behind an ornament, and its no big deal.
All leaves, especially the plastic ones, get a biofilm of various critters (including nitrifying bacteria), that gives algae a chance to grow. Slow growers like Anubis have problems with algae on the leaves all the time.
So, if you start up another home brew of DIY Co2, the algae should diminish.
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12-25-2007, 07:25 PM #3
I knew if you didn't rescue me that Algenco did. My two expert plant guru's here.
I could brain whoever told me to get these stupid Chinese algae eaters. Whoever that was, come over here and take your medicine!!
What good is an algae eater that only eats flake food!
I can't take them back. I got them at some store similar to WalMarts but it has decent fish but a department store nonetheless. I've had them now for 4 months and they must be doing well on flake food as they are now all around 5 inches............all 5 of them.
Bottom feeders are not my firemouths favorite thing, you know? They want no one even near their caves. I think I will have to get me some more platies (grrrrr) and get that co2 going again. I have 4 platies now and 2 look rather preggie. Maybe I will get a bunch of males and just use them for the aglae? Maybe I'm sitting here just talking to myself too. LOL
12-26-2007, 02:58 AM #4Junior Member Guppy
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Theres no doubt the lack of co2 is the major contibuter to your agea bloom. bump the co2 as high as your fish can tolerate watch them carefuly if they start heading for the top of the tank back the c02 down. also cut way back on your feeding expecialy flake food i believe that flake is the WORST food you can use it always breaks up into tinny pieces to small for any fish only inverts can find it and help out.Change to pellets of some kind and feed more directly to your fish not just scattering it across the tank. i'd also stop the feedings but once every three days. sounds cruel but theres no dinner bells out in the wild. one other thing you could look at is instead of SAE's i have found flag fish to be far better at eating algea. heck i have had angels who ate more then SAE'S.good luck.
12-26-2007, 02:24 PM #5
Thanks. Not sure what those fish are but will do some checking on them. I will get that co2 going again and get some Flourish Excel. It is now just a mess!
Been reading on them and they are killies? They are rather pretty.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 12-26-2007 at 02:31 PM.
12-26-2007, 02:49 PM #6
Oh My gawd
Look at my plants this morning. I did 3 big water changes this week (last one yesterday) have clean filters, and checked the phosphates. They are at 2.
This whole mess has been just since this week. aughhhhhhhhhhhhhh
And then there's my little 20 gallon planted, low lights, flake food, crummy filter, no co2 and just as clean as a bell.