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</DIV><H1>algae problem</H1><DIV id=Qtextbox><P><STRONG>Author: efc</STRONG><BR><BR>I have a planted tank that receives direct sun in the morning for a short period of time. There is a lot of algae growth on the plants leaves and I am wondering if this will hinder the plants in any way.

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The plants in the tank are Java Fern and Anubias Nana.

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</P></DIV><H2>Replies »</H2><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: starreys</STRONG><BR><BR>well if you cant move your tank away from direct sunlight , how about some bristlenose or siamese algae eaters they will help with your algae problem, but best of all it would be better to have your tank away from direct sunlight.

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</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: o0KatStar0o</STRONG><BR><BR>I had the same problem, in the afternoon a little sun would hit the tank if the blind wasn't shut. I brought 2 otto's and haven't seen any algae since.

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: searlesy</STRONG><BR><BR>I have a tank behind some matchstick blinds on my verandah that recieves filtered light (still very bright) for the best part of the morning. I just give the plants a bit of a swish over and syphon off the rubbish.

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I have a salmon cat in the tank, but what other sort of catfish would be best to munch on the algae? I dont know a lot about catfish.

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: YeW2001</STRONG><BR><BR>Add some algae eaters. Otos are good on plants (Otocinclus spp.) and SAE's are good. Make sure you get real SAE's and not the false type.

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HTH -

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</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: searlesy</STRONG><BR><BR>Please pardon my ignorance, but what are SAE's? I wouldnt know a real one, or a false one if you slapped me in the face with it (insert monty python fish slapping dance here)

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hungsta</STRONG><BR><BR>SAE = siamese algae eaters

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Also i found this...

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Siamese algae eater = real Siamese algae eater = SAE = Crossocheilus siamensis

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False Siamese algae eater = Siamese algae eater = Thai flying fox = Siamese flying fox = colorful flying fox = false SAE = Epalzeorhynchos sp. or Garra taeniata (they do not know)

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Flying fox = trunk barb = Epalzeorhychos kalopterus

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Chinese algae eater = algae eater = Chinese catfish (not a catfish) = Indian algae eater = CAE = Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

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</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: searlesy</STRONG><BR><BR>Thanks mate, appreaciate the info

I have never been one to know a lot of scientific names, but over the last few months, I have come to realise how usefull and helpfull they are!

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: MagicaDiSpell</STRONG><BR><BR>Are you fertilising your tank in any way? If not you might want to consider adding some plant supplements, and maybe even some C02. One of my tanks is exposed to sunlight to several hours a day, and has lights on from 7 am to midnight. I don't have any algae growing in that tank.

</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: searlesy</STRONG><BR><BR>I think I might give that a go, I thought that would make the algae problem worse, but from what people are telling me, it will have the opposite effect.

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: MagicaDiSpell</STRONG><BR><BR>You would only make the algae problem worse if you added nitrates and phosphates to your water. So be sure to get a plant supplement from your LFS rather than your nursery, because those fertilisers are very high in nitrate and phosphates and will cause algal blooms.

</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: searlesy</STRONG><BR><BR>Thanks for the tip, do you recommend any particular product? Any hints would be appreaciated, as I dont know anything about fertilising aquarium plants..

</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: MagicaDiSpell</STRONG><BR><BR>I use Seachem Flourish and Flourish Iron (hidiously expensive, but good and handy), but there are recipes for PMDD (poor man's Dupla drops) on the internet, if you have the time and inclination to tinker around with your own mix.

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