Re: NANFA-- stupid algae removal tricks...

Sajjad Lateef (
Fri, 22 Dec 2000 06:15:35 -0600 (EST)

I have stopped fighting algae with a passion and am accepting it
as part of any aquarium's growth. I think of the algae attack as the
aquarium's "teens" - where everything just is not right.

I'd rather cure the algae with manual removal, addition of live
plants, increased water changes, changes in the amount of light, etc. No
bleach for me, thank you. Anyway, with time, the aquarium matures, the
plants get established and the algae just goes away. It does not look good
but it's natural.


On Thu, 21 Dec 2000, Mark wrote:

> At 8:07 PM -0400 12/21/00, Christopher Scharpf wrote:
> >Hey, Dan -- that sounds like cyanobacteria. It's not an algae, but a bacteria.
> >Often concentrates in areas with the brightest illumination (hence it
> >appearing
> >near the surface and at the top of floating plants). It's harmless (as far
> >as I
> >know), but unsightly. Remove as much as you can. Do some water changes.
> >And then
> >add Maracyn (an anti-biotic) to knock it out.
> I'd like to know if that works. I have a couple tanks infested with
> stringy, floating algae. I'm not sure whether it's cyanobacteria or green
> algae. If I can't kill it, I'm going to sterilize the tanks. Be careful
> that you don't transfer the stuff between tanks. Wash everything in hot
> water.

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