My tank has been running for about 4 months & I am beginning to get the above algae. Green water is caused not by the water changing color but by millions of single-celled algae floating in your water. We've all had it at some point and many of us continue to struggle with one for or another for long periods of time. Although they can look unsightly, algae are not particularly harmful to your aquarium. Algae, Aquarium Lighting, Aquarium Shrimp. It will grow close to the light source on equipment and plants. I do not have a co2 setup and hope to keep it that way. Algae Finder: User Manual: Calendar: Mark Forums Read: Advertise: General Aquarium Plants Discussions Discuss aquarium plants, aquatic environments, aquarium lighting, aquarium filters, aquarium backgrounds, and other aquarium topics. Staghorn algae are extremely unsightly in the aquarium, grow on the edges of plant leaves and hold onto practically every surface. I have tried dosing excel, spot treating with hydrogen peroxide and most recently popped in a few osmocote root tabs ... thus far have not tested nutrients. Install a new air-pump if needed. In the beginning, I saw only a few spots. Reactions: Ivan Stoyanov. Is algae bad news for your aquarium? Looking similar to black brush algae when small, staghorn forms long, antler-like tangles. The staghorn algae shows up when there is a spike in Ammonia. The Quiet Type; Members; 90 106 posts; Share; Posted July 22. It must be completely dark in the tank. 5. No. Strands can be pulled off the surface or in very bad cases the whole leaf should be discarded. H.K.Luterman 90 Posted July 22. Staghorn algae . The shrimp work for smaller aquariums and will do their job over time. No plant trimming done since set up. I have shrimp Corydoras and guppies in that tank and a nerite snail Quote; Link to post Share on other sites. Staghorn Algae: Description: What To Do : Staghorn algae looks like thick strands that may branch once or twice until it ends. In appearance, these algae look very similar to black beard algae. Algae are a nuisance, however, as they cover your decorations, smother live plants, and obscure the glass. 100ish cherry shrimp 1 amano Plants: Mostly slow growing - anubias nana, jave fern, java windelov, hc, Crinum calamistratum. Leave the tank this way for at least 3 days. Staghorn algae is probably the one algae I never found a straight answer to but there are a few possible causes. I've read many articles about Staghorn algae and people usually say it's because of some high ammonia spike. Close. Immediately, only a week after the first spot was noticed, the algae had grown on every piece of my tank. Increase the oxygen supply. Staghorn algae are usually found on aquarium decoration, technical equipment and the margins of the leaves of aquatic plants. H.K.Luterman. The most quoted cures are physical removal, less lighting, cleaner water and more water movement. Some people actually suggest raising the Nitrate levels but that is not my experience. They can be hard to remove by hand. Join Date: Jun 2003. Kevin. I began dosing with Excel 7 days ago. i have a staghorn algae outbreak in my lowteck planted invert/white cloud tank. If you are looking for shrimp to help eat algae in a community tank, I would consider Amano shrimp, Ghost shrimp, Cherry shrimp, and Malawi shrimp as an option. I'd say it's medium planted. I cannot say exactly when I first got the algae, but I noticed some algae in my aquarium. Algae eaters aren’t just fish – they can be anything from snails to aquarium shrimp, as long as they feed on live algae growths. Blue-Green Algae. Day 29: Everything is looking good, staying clear, and algae is very minimal. So read the instruction for recommended dosage. This is what has worked for me every time. I would trim the hair grass hard and hope new growth stays algae free. They differ from BBA (Black brush algae) in that BBA has a finer texture and usually darker color. While not all algae can be kept under control with algae eaters (We’re looking at you Staghorn Algae! I have had staghorn algae in the tank for a couple of weeks, and now the truth is out. Even though CO2 doesn’t kill algae directly, it can help control it indirectly. I have a 10 gallon shrimp tank that is getting what I believe is staghorn algae. Cherry Shrimp; Bear in mind that these algae eaters will only turn to BBA if there’s nothing for them to feed on. (If you want some I am happy to mail it to you) My tank is "low tech". Most of what I’ve read says to adjust lighting, fert, CO2, and/ or flow to try and snuff it out. In the last few weeks, I have starting to get staghorn algae on numerous leaves of all plants, mostly under direct light. My tabk has had an off and on battle with staghorn algae for a while now. The initial dose was one capful, and after that 30 drops a day. Freshwater Fish Diseases, Algae Problems, and Tank Emergencies This is a place to chat about different ailments of freshwater fish, as well as tips on how to control algae, and other topics about keeping your fish tank healthy. 1. anyone advice? It smells, it’s thick (and slimy), and it grows fast. there's a bunch of snails and a couple bamboo shrimp. Reducing the Nitrate to an actual, real 0 for a few days usually makes it disappear. Staghorn algae (Compsopogon sp.) 3-5 business day shipping to Australia and New Zealand . It only seems to have appeared since I started adding liquid fertilizer for my plants about 1 month ago. it is (definitely) defiantly staghorn - here are three different pics of diffrent plants all showing that dreaded black antler effect. Light is whatever came with the Top Fin kit (only listed as "bright white"). If you immerse a piece of these algae in alcohol it will assume a red color. Crystal red shrimp and Sulawesi shrimp are also good at eating algae but are better suited to keep in a species only aquarium. 29g Low Tech Planted Shrimp Tank - 5 LF Blackskirt tetras, Golddust Mollies fry, Snails ... and stick to it. They are easy to diagnose as their growth habit looks a bit like the horns of a stag. Menu. 0. Just done first filter clean since set up. Lower light levels in tank. Linda S AC Members. Use a timer for your lights and only have them on for 5 hours a day. Not every shrimp species is suitable for a planted aquarium, though. I trimmed off almost everything in the tank that has stag on it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Staghorn Algae . ), most algae can be prevented by stocking your tank with algae eaters. Joined 7 Apr 2008 Messages 10,988 Location nr Bath. It's not major at the moment, but does seem to be increasing. Do you have any pictures of the tank and the affected areas? Do not add fertilizers during the blackout. The Siamese Algae Eater Fish are big, reaching a size of 20 cm so they will only live in a tank of 20 gallons or more. (maybe super low tech would be more appropriate?) What plants are affected? It started growing on the Vesicularia sp. “Christmas“ (“Christmas Tree Moss”) approximately two weeks ago, which makes it about 2 weeks after I set up the tank. Fundamental information on aquarium shrimp keeping can be looked up in this article. Nevertheless, it’s quite common and can be a major pain in your tank. Getting rid of algae in your freshwater tank can be tricky and you need to be careful what method you use – commercial water treatments can sometimes do more harm than good by throwing your water chemistry out of whack. Your goal is to reduce the Nitrate to 0 for a few days. Nualgi Trial Update - Day #21 . But that's tricky for a carpet. Otherwise, they are somehow helpful when it comes to controlling algae in the tank. Most importantly, this article tells how to get rid of staghorn algae from your planted tank. Im almost ready to give up. I dose 2 ppm Glutaldehyde to my shrimp tank occasionally and have not killed any shrimp, but my shrimp aren’t multiplying which can be attributed to a multitude of factors. Turn off the CO2. pretty much what the title says. Especially in planted tanks and aquascapes, these small aufwuchs eaters are welcome guests, since they take care of all sorts of biofilms, including nascent algae films. However, my problem is that staghorn algae grows almost exclusively in the brightest spot of the tank (middle part) and on stem plants that are near the surface. Staghorn Algae grow in long individual, grey-green strands, that form a few branches. In fact, algae aren’t all bad for your tank. Brown Algae are commonly found growing in newly set tanks. How to Get Rid of Algae in Fish Tanks . Posted by 14 hours ago. I'd like to dose excel onto some of these leaves and see if it helps but I'm concerned about the inverts. Staghorn Algae grows in strands but unlike Green Hair Algae it branches like a deer’s antlers. If it is a shrimp tank, you may even skip this step. Staghorn Algae is a new algae for me and from what I know it will grow in low flow, low co2 and highly lit environments. If you're having problems keeping your fish healthy, or the fish don't seem to be well, of you have some other type of emergency, this is the discussion board to post in. Home; Buy; Learn; About . In this article, we’ll take a look at staghorn algae and show you how to get rid of them. Staghorn Algae. High flow area? The color is a blue-green-grey and the algae itself feels slimy to the touch. big_sw2000 wrote: Is this defiantly staghorn algae. Manually remove the threads with hand, or remove the leaf they are attached to. These organisms convert waste products into oxygen through photosynthesis, helping to keep your water clean. dw1305 Expert. Amano Shrimp; 2. In turn, plants often grow at a faster and more healthy rate since there is less competition for nutrients and carbon dioxide against algae. Basically, I was introducing new plants as well as Staghorn algae into my tank. … 27 Oct 2020 #11 Hi all, Raws69 said: It does look like stag horn … They show different shades of grey. Any chance you can get us a photo to look at . I cannot prove that, I get 0mg/l ammonia and 10mg/l nitrates. LinkBack: Thread Tools: Display Modes: 11-04-2003, 10:27 PM #1 jdwyz . You could try lessening the time the lights are on. Bristlenose Plecos, Amano Shrimp, Black Mollies, Nerite Snails, Rosy Barbs, Florida Flag Fish, Sun Snails, Otocinclus are just some of the algae eaters that can be used with success in preventing and even removing algae. Cover the tank with a thick blanket. belong to the group of red algae. Green Water. One good thing about this algae is that it tend to stay at one "favorite spot" in the aquarium and doesn't propagate fast. Nualgi Trial Update - Week #4 (Day 25 & 29) Day 25: I just wanted to show how crazy the plant growth is and that the discus has laid eggs once again. Think that's pretty much it! Usually grows in high-light slow moving areas of the tank. Let’s talk about algae, you know, the green or brown stuff that makes your pretty tank ugly. I'd say start changing 15% of the water every other day. Boost Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Tank. It tends to prefer plants over substrates or decor, smothering leaves with its growth. So far it has had no impact on the algae, which is growing at its normal rate, and appearing in new places. I have had success with misting staghorn when its exposed at water change with a mix of about 50ml of TNC Carbon and 300ml water. It is grey-green and will grow on most surfaces. Liquid Algae Inhibitor Easy Dosing, 1 Pump Per 10 Gallons Snail, Fish, and Shrimp Safe Easy Carbon is designed to be an algae inhibitor as it contains chemical compounds which are known to reduce algae growth within the planted aquarium. It has started growing in my betta tank due the those factors and I … The thing is, I was under the impression that staghorn algae was green and what I saw initially was a very light brown colour. So what is in that spot? Weekly 20% water changes. 58g Planted Crypts and … No doubt algae has been the reason some have gotten out of the hobby entirely. Steve. I've been doing some reading on staghorn algae, which I have in my tank in small amounts. In my case, I've had to deal with hair algae, staghorn algae, and black beard algae. Blue-Green Algae is an interesting one to include on our list because it’s technically cyanobacterium, not algae. Here is a list of dwarf shrimp in the order I think you should consider them as algae eaters. Nano Shrimp Tank Aquascape in a Jar (No Filter, No CO2) 5 Gallon Aquascape with a Cave (No Filter, No CO2) Betta Bowl Setup (Step By Step with Live Plants) Home. When brown algae form, it even is a sign that your tank’s water chemistry does not have the right balance. For example, the Siamese Algae Eater Fish, Florida Flag Fish, Cherry Shrimp, and Amano Shrimp can be used to get rid of the BBA. Algae is the bane of most freshwater aquarium keepers. I didn't know what a catastrophe was waiting for me. There is a noticeable difference on the spot algae in this tank. Treating the whole tank with either will not resolve the problem you have in my experience. Staghorn algae appear as thick grey hairs on the edges of leaf margins. Algae. Expand signature. If you keep your tank in dark places then too these algae can develop. Diatoms require silica to grow. A couple bamboo shrimp does seem to be increasing beard algae brown stuff that makes your pretty tank.. 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