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Old 09-25-2015, 01:29 PM   #1
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Algae help

I have been fighting algae on my Anubias nana with a combination of excel ( not too much excel afraid to kill my jungle val) peroxide. I am still trying to find a way to shade it properly. I turned my light duration down from 8 to 7 hours. Now my jungle val is starting to get white fuzz on the ends. Should I break up the light duration?


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*and hydrogen peroxide

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Old 09-26-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
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I have not had anubias in a while but recall seeing green spot algae on the older leaves. I also grew it under low light (no ferts, no carbon source).
You could split the lighting to 3 hours on in the AM and 3 hours on in the PM.


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Thanks fresh2o! Thought I would have more responses I really want to treat my tank with excel but worried about my vals.

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Fresh2o is right. Breaking up your light cycle helps! I've had anubias in high and low tech planted tanks, and my light cycles with all of those tanks have been on 6-10am and then again from 6-10pm.

Algae isn't given a chance to really establish itself well enough to cause problems.

I would suggest adding a timer to your setup, doing a split lighting cycle and seeing how that works for you!


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Yep, I already have a timer it's on from 3-10pm

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Yep, I already have a timer it's on from 3-10pm

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Thats 7 hours continuous light. So split that into 2 shorter periods. Say on from 1:00pm - 4:30pm, off from 4:30 - 6:30pm and on from 6:30 - 10:00pm. You can experiment with the times. Having two shorter periods with a two hour break in between gives less chance for algae to take a hold. The total photo period is still the same.
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Hi Stacey. I use Excel a lot and, yes, my Vals melted and died but my other plants flourished so I just altered my plan slightly. I have a variety of crypts, Java moss and fern and dwarf swords. However, I have no unwanted algae.


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Hi Stacey. I use Excel a lot and, yes, my Vals melted and died but my other plants flourished so I just altered my plan slightly. I have a variety of crypts, Java moss and fern and dwarf swords. However, I have no unwanted algae.


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I really love my vals and they are taking off well (only had them 2 months ). They also are a good addition because I have a tall tank (24"). I'm going to change the light duration to see if that helps first.

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