Black Brush Algae
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Alternative Names and Variants[edit | edit source]
Black Beard algae, Black brush algae, BBA, Plant hair
Places of growth[edit | edit source]
Usually grows on plants that have low light requirements but are receiving high light.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Long brown hair-like strands, this is the only type of algae that has this look and is rather easily identified.
Prevention[edit | edit source]
- Correct ratio of nutrients, CO2 and lighting. Increasing lighting gradually rather than a sudden light fixture change. Preventing its introduction by quarantining all new plants.
Treatment[edit | edit source]
- Can be treated by increasing water ph, also by correcting nutrient and light imbalances.
- Siamese Algae Eater, and some Skiffia species will eat it.
Uses[edit | edit source]
Some fish will eat Black Brush algae, but usually only if they lack other food sources. Due to its look is usually considered highly undesirable.