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Old 04-10-2008, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I am a brand new member to this site so bare with me. I joined in hopes to further my knowledge of maintaining a successful aquarium. Thank you to anyone who is willing to help a guy out.

I broke apart a single dwarf hairgrass bunch that I purchased from my go-to LFS for quality plants and fish. I would of bought more, but unfortunately if you want quality, you have to be willing to shell out quantity(expensive.) Anyway I want to achieve the grassy lawn look at the front part of the tank, similar to the beautiful tanks i've seen on this site.

My problem is thread algae. It has taken over the grass. I bought some Amano shrimp(very cool) and 2 SAE's which so far are all that's in the tank besides the hairgrass and a bunch of swords. They do a great job at cleaning the tank, but there is still thread algae all over my hairgrass.

I was wondering if the algae will eventually kill the grass off. I can see new grass sprouting and the roots have grown a lot since I put it in, but I'm assuming the algae will just continue to cover it as it grows. Should I just be patient and let the shrimp and SAEs do their thing? Or will the algae eventually win the battle if I don't do something?

My tank is 29 gallons, I've got pretty good lighting and DIY c02. I do frequent water changes and dose fertz regularly. The other plants grow fine....they pearl and have strong root systems. It's just the damn algae. Any thoughts, suggestions?
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does Algae Kill?

go to the section of this forum entitled Algae control and check out the sticky about Excel and algae control. I have used the methods in that discussion to control a hair algae problem that I didn't think I'd ever whip. The only concern might be your inverts. I don't have those. Dan
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Thanks Dan ...I appreciate it!
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The algae is only a symptom of your hair grass dying.. Algae does not grow on a heathy plant..

You're missing nutrients & CO2 (carbon.. can be excel too) in your water column. I just switched from DIY CO2 to pressurized CO2 and I've noticed a different... DIY is barely enough for medium light situation.


Hair grass also likes a rich substrate.
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I cant justify the expense of getting the pressurized c02 system just yet....I know it would improve things a lot....but I gotta stick with the DIY method for now.

You are right though because the algae hasn't affected the new sprouts....Thanks for your reply!
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