I am losing my battle against stag horn algae... Need HELP!

Discussion in 'Algae' started by uncclewis, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Hi guys, I am losing the battle against my stag horn algae. I dont know what to do! It is getting pretty bad... My siamese algae eaters seem lazy and just eat flakes and stuff, I dont see them eating much of the stag horn. What eats this ? Ugh.

  2. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    Staghorn from my own experience is due to low co2 levels. Best way to remove it is to remove infected leaves etc. and increase co2.
  3. KasyeValued MemberMember

  4. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Oh ok! Thank! Guess I dont have enough fish to make the CO2. I am losing my battle and thank you! How do I increase CO2? Reduce use of my bubbler?

  5. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Excel only, but given that I dont have many other types of algae, I dont know... I have 20 siamese algae eaters and I am trying starving them of flakes for a couple of days to get them to eat my stag horn. And just feed my loaches pellets hehe... Today is the first day. They are trying to get the pellets right now but they are mainly fat, my loaches aren't allowing them to get to it. :)image

    Will that work? Tbey are true SAE. Just prefer flakes. Fat dudes. Lol.

    Now I know how to get nearly all of my fish in my tank into one corner lol...

    Any advice is welcome I am at a loss, the other side is what look so overrun :(
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  6. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    What is the lighting you are using and tank size? Are you sure its staghorn?
  7. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember


    ,right now 200 watts of LED. 6 hours a day. 75 gallon deep tank. Its blocking out there light

    I have mainly SAE as my main fish because of this algae problem, but they won't eat it, or at least not fast as it will grow!

    is that stag horn?
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  8. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    Oh wow! Yup, staghorn. I am so sorry. If it was my tank i would remove badly infected plants and trim others. Start dosing Excel with half dose and slowly work your way up to full dose.

    In the photo that dwarf sag looks unhealthy. Do you use root tabs and dose any water column fertilizers?
  9. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    :( well thats how i feel too. But ty...Column occasionally yea 1 time per weeks seachem stuff. . Its beem looking worse and worse. The algae is blockih most light on it
  10. uncclewisWell Known MemberMember

    Ive been overdosing excel. I see some died. Heh. Not much but a little. Is it bad for fish?

    OK! Latest update is that my 2 mollies that I got have really been hurting it- woot! go mollies! lol (plus the excel seems to a little!)

    EDIT: been doing crazy amounts of water changes+ all of my algae eaters and I have really reduced the light period. The algae is dying! muhahaha
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2016

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