Re: NANFA-- algal comments
Thu, 28 Dec 2000 18:09:37 EST

Of interest.... I have found that adding an airstone to a tank infested with
cyanobacteria almost always takes care of the problem! This is assuming
phosphates and nitrates aren't extremely high. I don't know the mechanism,
but it's worked for me and for many I've recommended it to for both marine
and freshwater. It's not an overnight fix! Typically it will take two to
three weeks to work. I have yet to see a case where it didn't make a
significant improvement. Even if you have have lots of water movement, the
airstone seems to be essential! Won't work to put it in a sump, if you're
running a trickle filter. Has to be in the tank.

Let me know if it works for you!


In a message dated 12/28/00 6:02:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< I have "played around" with the idea of introducing higher plants
as hornworts) to my cynobacteria-infected aquarium. I added more hornworts,
in addition to the allready densely-planted tank, along with water lettuce,
milfoil, and waterweed. I also did a 50% water change, followed by anmother
50% water change a couple days later. I also siphoned off any accumulated
sediment, and dead plant matter. So far, the tank is doing better, but I can
barely see traces of cynobacteria along the edges of the tank, not nearly as
fast growing as before. Also not as dense. I had duckweed in that tank,
the cyno-bacteria clung to readily. I took out all the duckweed. Maybe some
of you would find it interesting to know that the bacteria was most dense
around the driftwood sticks I have in my tank. I beleive thats where the
growth originally started. I hope I have that problem figured out! :)


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