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Fluffy stuff???

Post by DarloKev on 11/2/2012, 22:54


Anyone know what this stuff is growing in my tank and how i can get rid of it? The fish don't mind nibbling on it but its just really ugly.

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 12/2/2012, 08:06

is it some sort of algae? is it growing from your bogwood?? im unsure to be honest.
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Post by D13H4RD on 12/2/2012, 08:10

Looks a bit like a bloom of algae or something, what's your temperature like? If it's a bit high it might cause this.
I would remove the wood, scrub it in boiling water and do a 50% water change and see how it goes.
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Post by Fish dude on 12/2/2012, 08:27

D13H4RD wrote:Looks a bit like a bloom of algae or something, what's your temperature like? If it's a bit high it might cause this.
I would remove the wood, scrub it in boiling water and do a 50% water change and see how it goes.



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Post by blooper on 12/2/2012, 10:59

how long have you had the bogwood in there if its new stuff then just take it out and scrub it to remove all the fluff it will eventually disapear

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Post by DarloKev on 12/2/2012, 12:27

temperature is 28 its in my discus tank. Its growing on the java fern and java moss the last thing to go in the tank was the java moss.

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Post by ado_boro on 12/2/2012, 17:03

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Post by DarloKev on 12/2/2012, 21:35

Thats a good page thanks ado. But none of them on there look like what i've got might have to rip all the plants out if i can't get it under control. Will give everything a go this week.

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Post by ado_boro on 12/2/2012, 21:52

I think its a variation of the hair algae as it can vary in colour.
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Post by DarloKev on 12/2/2012, 23:30

After a bit of a sidetrack from the algae site i've found out it is diatom algae more commonly found in marine tanks but not unknown in tropical set ups. Its not actually an algae though its millions of tiny creatures all linked together to form the candy floss type effect. Probable cause is silicic acid in the water which the diatom feeds on the by product of the feeding is silica. Have been looking at different cures on the web and will give some a go but will have to test my tapwater for the silicic acid otherwise the problem will keep coming back. Will let everyone know how it goes.

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