FAQs on Green Filamentous
Freshwater Algae & Their Control
Algae Control in Freshwater
Aquariums by Bob Fenner,
Dealing With Algae in
Freshwater Aquaria by Neale Monks,
(some) Algae (in moderation) Can Be Your Friend,
ppt presentation, Part 1, Part
2, Part 3,
Part 6, by Bob
Eaters, Otocinclus, Loricariids, Siamese Algae
Freshwater Algae 1, Algae
Control In Aquarium Gardens 1, & Freshwater Algae
Identification, FW Blue-Green
Algae, FW Algicides,
Freshwater Aquarium Water Quality,
Treating Tap Water for Aquarium Use,
pH, Alkalinity, Acidity,
Freshwater Algae Control,
Foods, Feeding, Aquatic Nutrition,
green hair algae 11/12/13
I recently added some Val to my 125g planted tank that had a bit of
green hair algae at the tips.
<Common, especially in the wild... to some degree we want Vallisneria to
grow into a plant unlike that which it would do naturally, a bit like
the way a garden lawn isn't really what grass normally does.>
I figured my Dempsey would trim it like he tends to do (he always nips
the tips off like a lawn mower) which he did. However the green hair
spread to a large drift wood pike in my tank which has my two Anubias
plants on it.
Both of which are now displaying a healthy bit on their leaves.
<I see. Could you trust Nerite snails in there? They're very good with
this sort of algae.>
I have a separate tank of Tropheus duboisi. I was considering
transferring this piece and the Anubias there to let them clean it for
me being the lovely algae grazers that they are (their tank is fairly
new and lacking in growth).
<Quite so. Since Anubias grows attached to bogwood or rocks, yes, you
can move it from one tank to another.>
They tend to leave java moss alone so I was hoping that would hold to
the Anubias and wanted to see if this was a viable plan in the more
knowledgeable than me eyes of the wet web media folks.
<Worth a shot. I'd see what happens. Worst case the Anubias
loses/damages a few leaves; snap them off to the rhizome, and new ones
will grow back quickly enough.>
Thanks in advance
Re: green hair algae 11/12/13
had to many issues with snails of various sort in my tanks (apple,ramshorn,pest)
so I try to avoid them now.
<Nerites can't breed in freshwater aquaria, so they don't cause pest
snail problems. They do lay eggs on stuff, and the egg cases are kind of
annoying, but otherwise they're wonderful animals, and by far the best
algae-eaters in the hobby.>
Will see how the Tropheus do thanks again.
<Most welcome. Neale.>