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Black algae

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  1. papasan2

    papasan2 BIDKA Challenger & Show Shareholder

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    i seem to have a sudden algae bloom the only changes I can think of is first I started feeding beef heart again and I removed the juwel internal filter then added a small internal just for surface movement but did not notice it had carbon inside could either of these actions cause algae?
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    Stuart
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    doubtful imo

    algae is usualy light and nitrates
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    Thanks Mike lighting regime has not changed and nitrates sit about 5ppm
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    I use easy carbo and spot dose the black brush algae if I ever get it stuart it works well and the java fern goes mad with new planlets everywhere .
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    Thanks for that Pat l will give it a go must admit the Anubias very slow growing
    Stuart
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    Anubias is always subject to Black beard algae, some say that a lack of flow causes this ?? Not convinced myself but I am no weed expert :). I think that this plant grows above water in the wild and hence gets the beard algae.
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    My tank is loaded with anubias attached to the bog wood and java fern with tiger lotus Lilly's and its only the anubias which suffer but I just use a syringe and dose it straight on the affected leaves a day or two later after the ottos have helped its gone
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    ThanksPat
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    Well still having trouble with algae although I have only been using easy carbo for a week and not to sure if it black bush or an out break of brown it looks brown on the back glass and I think bb tends to grow in clumps I have added two pics any advice would be greatfully received
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    iwould keep up the dosing of the easy carbo , i spot dose it straight on the affected area with a syringe stuart
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    Cheers Pat will do
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