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minky
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)3:07    Post subject: Algae on leaves? Reply with quote

a lot of my plants have a green fuzzy growth on their leaves - I assume this is algae.

My question is, do I need to clean it off or is it a good thing?

Thanks.
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PharCyde
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)5:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends if you like the look of the algae or not. While algae is common in aquariums most people prefer to prevent its growth either through cleaning, bleaching (not bleaching the tank but the plants when removed out of the tank) and algae eaters (bristlenose catfish, ottos, Siamese Algae Eaters, shrimp, snails etc). Different algae is removed in different ways, and different algae eaters prefer different types of algae.
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minky
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)5:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
I think I'll try and take it off. I have live plants so will a soft bristled toothbrush do?
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uLtRa
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)7:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I wouldnt, it will crush the cells in the leaves of the plants.
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PharCyde
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)0:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the toothbrush removes the algae easliy without damaging the leaves then great but you do not want to damage your plants because they are your greatest weapon against algae.
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minky
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PostPosted: 2003.09.03(Wed)9:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm. Thanks for the warning, I'll just give them a rinse and use my fingers (gently!!).
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