Quote: Originally Posted by Golden
The Flying Fox is also a false Siamensis...its a very good community tank fish when kept in a pair or more, but as far as I know it also will not eat black brush algae.
What type and age of pH tester are you using? Most will not test past 8.5 or theareabouts. pH of 12 is exceptionally high....I can't see a council supplying the alkaline water. I suspect the readings aren't quite right. What I would recommend is to try the API Freshwater Master test kit. Get some base readings of pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate....high nitrate levels can cause algae problems so I would check that too. How often and what proportion are you changing tank water?
All your fish are community fish, so they can usually tolerate some range in pH, especially since they are captive bred.
Lets see your water parameters, and go from there.
Ok Colin I will get one those kits in the meantime I do have access to fluid testing stuff at work (an RN) and the sticks we use test for nitrites, protein, Spec Gravity, ketones (which can alter pH) pH etc in urine so will be reasonably accurate for a baseline, just at the moment I have just been using that methylene blue dropper and go by the change colour on the small test tubes.
Now unfortunately I have a fairly immobile shoulder and have to get someone to help me change the water a it is quite hard to lift any amount for changing purposes a I think my last real change was some time ago around four months. So it really is over due a change but will see what Ican do after I have got these readings.
I have never had this problem before with this algae and I thought not much of until it suddenly seemed to take over the tank in what also seemed to me a very short space of time.
It got so bad I had to remove just about most of the rocks I had especially for their looks and for places for the shy ones to use
I have to add though that since adding a few more plants it seems to have slowed it down a bit so maybe there is too much plant food in the water?? .