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31 Brush algae




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This article is from the Aquaria: Disease, Algae and Snails FAQ, by Elaine Thompson, Thomas Sasala and George Booth

31 Brush algae

This grows in feathery black tufts 2-3 mm long and tends to collect on
slower growing leaves like Anubias, some Echinodorus and other wide
leaf plants. Also tends to collect on mechanical equipment. This is
actually a red alga in the genus Audouinella (other names:
Acrochaetium, Rhodochorton, Chantransia).

It cannot easily be removed mechanically. Remove and discard the
affected leaves. Equipment can be soaked in a 25% bleach solution,
then scrubbed to remove the dead algae. Siamese Algae Eaters
(Crossocheilus siamensis) are known to eat this algae and can keep it
in check. A more drastic measure is treatment with copper.

 

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