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Re: Planaria and Hair Algae

Posted By: mJames <michaeljames@uswest.net>
Date: Friday, 11 August 2000, at 3:14 p.m.

In Response To: Mystery tank invasion (Rachelle)

Both are due to poor water conditions. Planaria is usually the result of dirty gravel and are totally harmless. More accurately, their presence is only a nuisance and a sign that you need to alter your population and/or tank maitenance. Most fish will consider Planaria as food. If the fish you keep do not eat it you will want to remove them with a siphon device, change a significant amount of water (30 to 50%) and clean the gravel too. Either way, you need to practice more frequent and thorough water changes.

The fungus stuff sounds like hair algae which is also a result of poor water conditions or high levels of phosphate. This growth usually only apppears on plants but I am sure that it will also attach to the walls of your aquarium. It must be physically removed and with more regular water changes it will not likely return.

If you have live plants, I suggest injecting fertilizer into the substrate near the root base of your plants. This will help the plants to consume the nutrients (iron etc.) and will be more likely to monopolize the available micronutrients that inhibit the growth of other competing vegetative (algae) growth.

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