Staghorn can be quite dark. Look at the first picture under 'Staghorn' on this site:Fish Addict said:Hmm, yeah the thing is, it doesn't look as dark as what I have... but that is the closest thing that I've seen on other sites..
The link I posted a couple of weeks ago has suggested methods of removal, but you haven't mentioned what, if anything, off the list you've tried:Fish Addict said:Yeah I'd really like if therewas a different way, because it is on some things that's leaves are too fragile for me to scrub, and its also on a lot of plants, so I'd have to do that with most of the tank..
You might also try doing a search for 'staghorn' at planted tank and read through some of the responses to see what's worked for others.Causes:
- Nutrient Imbalance - Strive for the following nutrient levels: N (10-20ppm), P (0.5-2ppm), K (10-20ppm), Ca (10-30ppm), Mg (2-5ppm), Fe (.1ppm).
- Low CO2 - Strive for 20-30ppm concentration of CO2, as permitted by fauna.
- Manual removal - Use toothbrush to remove as much as possible.
- Water change - Maintain weekly/bi-weekly water change schedule.
- Increase CO2 - This will stimulate plant growth, which should help the plants out-compete the algae for resources.
- Bleach treatment - Dip affected items/hardy plants into a bleach/water solution using a 1:20 ratio of bleach to water. Before putting them back into the tank, make sure the item is free of any bleach odor.
- OxiClean treatment - Dip affected hardscape items in a OxiClean solution, making sure you only use the original OxiClean with no other additives.
- Maintain proper macro (NPK) dosing scheme
2-3x a normal dose, depending on which site you read.Fish Addict said:So what would overdosing Excel be like? Twice the normal amount?
If you dose too much, or have sensitive plants (Anachris, some vals, etc.), possibly. A better way might be to hit a local drug store and buy a plastic syringe for a couple of dollars, and use it to dispense the Excel directly onto the algae.Fish Addict said:And will it harm anything else?
I've never kept them, so I don't know. Some sites say they eat staghorn algae, others say they don't.Fish Addict said:What about SAE's?