Seriously fuzzy...

  1. GoGreen Well Known Member Member

    So, I have n algae question. Two of the tall artificial plants in my tank (they are side by side) have some fuzzy dark green algae growing on them, and seems that it is just getting longer.
    Water parameters are ammonia 0, nitrite 0, pH 7.5
    The two honey gouramis seem to like nibbling on it but there is no way they can eat it all!
    1)Is this stuff harmful to have in the tank or just annoying?

    2)How can I get rid of it, safely? tried to pull the threads off but good luck with that!
     
  2. Beth1965 Well Known Member Member

    Could it be beard algae? Can U post a pic of it? Can it be scraped off with your finger nail?
     

  3. GoGreen Well Known Member Member

    Well it is a bit long and flowing, would that make it beard algae? If so why is it forming...and see my other previous questions please. I will post a picture if I can.
     
  4. Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    Very few types of algae are harmful to fish so I doubt yours will be, especially if your fish are nibbling on it. Probably green hair algae by the sound of it but without a pic it is very hard to be sure because there are so many different kinds of algae. As for the removal, the easiest way would just be to remove the plant & give it a good scrub in some warm, water. Chances are the algae will grow back again unless you actually change the conditions in the tank, either through more frequent or larger water changes or perhaps by changing the lighting duration. Remove one or two plants each week to clean so that you don't have to pull them all out in one go. That way it is a small job that won't disturb your fish too much. You may like to look into algae eating fish as a natural way of controling the algae instead of removing plants every few weeks to clean. SAE's are great algae eaters as are Otos but it depends what kind of algae you have as to what fish you need to eat it or if any fish will eat it at all. If the alge is due to high Nitrate levels you might want to drop in some Duckweed. It only requires low light & thrives on Nitrates in the water. Your Gouramis will enjoy hiding under it to.
     

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  6. GoGreen Well Known Member Member

    :;thxThat's lots of good info, I will try the removal of plants and scrubbing them under warm water first, when I do my water change this week so I can give the plant a final rinse in aquarium water before it goes back in the tank.