Plant Help - Black Beard I think?

PaulOB

Hi All,

After some advice on Black Beard Algae, I think it is, first time I've had it.

260L, 4ft Freshwater planted tank, established.

All plants started to look dull and have black outlines on plant leaves etc, increased water maintenance 30-40% twice a week without any noticeable change.

Looking for some natural advice on how to combat it without going down the googled peroxide route.

Am - 0, N02 - 0, NO3 - 5ppm, PH - 7.8

Thanks in advance

P
 

86 ssinit

Got to say your tank looks great!! You’ll need an up close pic to show this algae. So I’m guessing it’s green spot algae. This grows on plant like anubias and fern because the plants grow slowly and the leaves seem to live forever. No reason to do peroxide dip. Many different ways to attack this. There’s fish and snails and shrimp. Some snails may eat it shrimp will eat it SAE will eat it ottos may eat it…. But what happens with all of these is people start feeding them special foods and than it’s all over they just stop eating algae and wait for the good stuff:rolleyes:. I do use most of these and never feed them specialty foods so they still eat algae :).
Next you can add a liquid algeacide to the tank. The most popular are excell and api-co2 booster. These do work but must be used daily. I use the api stuff. No problems and works for the most part. But in the end there’s always some algae growing in the tank. The best we can do is just try to control it :).
 

PaulOB

Got to say your tank looks great!! You’ll need an up close pic to show this algae. So I’m guessing it’s green spot algae. This grows on plant like anubias and fern because the plants grow slowly and the leaves seem to live forever. No reason to do peroxide dip. Many different ways to attack this. There’s fish and snails and shrimp. Some snails may eat it shrimp will eat it SAE will eat it ottos may eat it…. But what happens with all of these is people start feeding them special foods and than it’s all over they just stop eating algae and wait for the good stuff:rolleyes:. I do use most of these and never feed them specialty foods so they still eat algae :).
Next you can add a liquid algeacide to the tank. The most popular are excell and api-co2 booster. These do work but must be used daily. I use the api stuff. No problems and works for the most part. But in the end there’s always some algae growing in the tank. The best we can do is just try to control it :).

Thanks, I've added a few more up close pics of what I'm getting on all the plants if you don't mind taking a look. I've ordered some Excel to give it a try. Not great identifying algae as I've never had to deal with it in the past.
 

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