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Old 11-20-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Cladophora algae

Here is a new one for me.

Every since going to medium light many months ago, I have had Cladophora algae all through my HC and mosses. I have went back to high-light a couple of months ago, but I can't seem to get ride of this algae.

I don't know what started it. I would have to assume that lowering the light and not knowing where I needed to dose at that point helped the algae spores develop.

But my question is:

How do you get ride of it, or what eats it? I have been manually removing it for months now. It a PITA because it's growing in with my HC and that makes it REALLY hard to remove without throwing out a bunch of HC everytime.

It is also clogging my intake every week now.

It is only in one corner of my tank and has been this way for MANY months.

I just hate looking at it everyday and especially when it's pearling!!

Hope you guys can help me out.

Thanks
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:47 PM   #2
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I have been battling clado in almost all my planted tanks for awhile. This stuff is relentless and almost nothing kills it.

I have had some luck with double dosing excel everyday in my 29g. It has definitely slowed the growth. I also hand pick out whatever I see and it doesn't grow back as fast as it was. I have also slowed down on my fert dosing (just forget sometimes) and it could be coincidence, but it seems to help as well.

I have tried double dosing excel in my 5.5g planted, but am not faithful in dosing daily. The clado comes back just days after picking it out of the entire tank.

I've read that clado likes all the conditions plants do, so its so hard to get rid of.

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I hate looking at it too....and I hate the smell of it when I pull it out. Its terrible!

Good luck! And if you start to see some good results, let us know what you did!
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Old 11-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #3
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Red cherry shrimp and other Neocaridina spp. seem to love the stuff. I'm not sure how many it would take to wipe out the problem but I'm guessing they could help out a bit unless you've got shrimpivores in your tank
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Red cherry shrimp and other Neocaridina spp. seem to love the stuff. I'm not sure how many it would take to wipe out the problem but I'm guessing they could help out a bit unless you've got shrimpivores in your tank
Thanks for the suggestion. As much as I would love to have some cherry shrimp in this tank, so would my knife fish.
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