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Old 03-07-2005, 02:55 PM   #11
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It looks like cyno to me... when mine has been there a while and the powerhead is blowing on it, it gets really stringy like that. Had any fish die recently?
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:19 PM   #12
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the algea is brown. same color as in the pic. and its all over. the tank on the bottom, the sides, the powerheads, etc. It is spread out thinly over the tank but it clumbs together in the sand. as shown.
Interesting, I don't think I have never seen a filamented brown algae before.

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I do not know the tds of the water. (I have no way to measure it.)
You need to get a TDS meter or borrow one. It's pretty much the only way of knowing if the water is what it says it is when buying from the LFS or from your own RO/DI.

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parameters are all normal. I do not know what my PO4 count is.)
PO4 contributes very little in regard to the growth of brown algaes. Silicates, basic nutrient and some types of metals (iron mainly) are your main contributors as could be the alkalinity noted previously.

Manual removal is about all you can do with this stuff in the short term. The main concern is narrowing down the cause.

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Is it all really stringy like that?
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yup all really stringy.

...If Steve-s hasn't seen this before than I am in serious trouble!
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Wow... the only thing that I can think of is either hair algae or cyno that has been moved a lot. I have spent about 30 minutes trying to find info on something similar and have come across nothing! I hope that Steve-s can think of something!
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Time for more snails?
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I have a ton of snails.

I measured the longest strand to be almost 4 inches long. I am going to manually remove it all tonight. hopefully it will not come back after that.
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Manual removal is about all you can do with this stuff in the short term. The main concern is narrowing down the cause.
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