ScapeFu020 – Dave Chow, Twinstar and Algae in the Planted Aquarium

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ScapeFu Podcast Episode 20: Dave Chow, Twinstar and Algae in the Planted Aquarium

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Algae can be the biggest obstacle for beginners in the hobby. It can quickly become overwhelming. In this episode, we hear from famed aquascaper Dave Chow on a new product designed to help with algae and we share our pro tips on algae management.

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Dave Chow, Twinstar and Algae in the Planted Aquarium

Common algae and tips on how to deal with them:

  • Blue green algae/cyanobacteria – it smells! nitrogen fixing so it will deplete water of nitrogen
    • causes – low nitrates/high organics, poor water circulation
    • cure – increase KNO3, plant growth, black out, Excel/H202, Erythromycin
  • Hair algae – long green strands especially in moss or small leaved plants
    • cause – excess iron levels
    • cure – manual removal, nutrient balance
  • Fuzz algae – on leaves fuzzy appearance with small strands
    • causes – nutrient imbalance and low CO2
    • cure – SAE, nutrient balance, increase CO2
  • Green spot algae – Green spots on glass or leaves
    • causes – excess K or low PO4
    • cure – maintenance on glass, increase PO4, Nerite snails, Otos and Plecos
  • Green dust algae – zoospores attached to glass like firm
    • cause – unknown
    • cure – time, Nerite snails, Otocinclus and bristlenose plecos
  • Brown algae – diatoms – new tank syndrome
    • cause imbalance
    • cure – time, manual removal Otocinclus/nerite snails
  • Red/Black Brush (or beard) Algae – Rhodophyta
    • cause – nutrient imbalance and/or low pH
    • cure increase CO2 – Excel/H202 – bleach – SAE
  • Green water – free floating single-cell euglenoid protists
    • causes new tank syndrome and imbalance
    • cure blackout diatom/micron filter UV sterilizer no large water changes
  • Staghorn – Compsopogon
    • cause nutrient imbalance and low CO2
    • cure manual removal, water change, increase CO2, nutrient balance, Excel/H202, bleach

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Other items referred to in this episode:

Electrolysis of water
Siamese Algae Eater
Nerite Snail
Otocinclus Catfish
Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation
Water Deionization Process Explained
Hanns-Jürgen Krause
James’ Planted Tank – Algae Guide
The War on Algae

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2 Comments on “ScapeFu020 – Dave Chow, Twinstar and Algae in the Planted Aquarium”

  1. Mitch

    The introduction was fine, but the interview itself was almost unintelligible.
    Very bad audio quality. I stopped listening about 3 minutes in.

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