Originally Posted by Francis Xavier
I have the answer to your question, and the solution is not so bad. The algae you are experiencing can be dealt with fairly swiftly and easily.
However, I must say to avoid H202 and Excel overdoses at all costs. These are chemicals that negatively cause more harm to your aquarium's ecosystem than they provide help. Excel, when dosed appropriately, straight into the water column, as a carbon additive, is a good supplement.
Here's what happens when you add H202 and Excel Overdosing to your aquarium:
1. If you do it right, you kill the algae
2. You also jeopardize the plants
3. You kill off millions and millions of beneficial bacteria which keep your system stable (not just bacteria related to nitrogen cycle)
The result: More Algae because your ecosystem is weakened. It's a vicious cycle.
So here's your solution:
1. Before doing anything else, add 5-10 Amano shrimp. You can remove 5 later to maintain numbers of 5.
2. Add 1-2 otocinclus cats.
3. Use airline tubing and siphon off dead material and algae decay around plants without sucking up algae. You will remove much of the debris and built up particles this way.
4. What are you running in your filter right now? At month two you should be 20% mechanical, 80% biological + 1 packet of Tourmaline F for water purification if need be. First month is 20% mechanical 80% biological.
This is important for keeping your beneficial bacteria colony thriving.
5. What is in your substrate? Just aqua soil?
6. Use Phyton Git and Green Bacter after water changes: Green Bacter replenishes Beneficial Bacteria and Phyton Git helps eliminate algae. Dose some with excel.
7. Trim off excessively bad or overrun portions of the plant.
8. Are you dosing appropriately? You should only require 1 squirt of Brighty K (potassium) and 1 squirt of Step 1 at this point, and a minimal dosing of ECA (iron, etc) once a week.
Thanks but I don't use ADA additives.
I don't change filter media to suit my current tank issues unless it would be to add Carbon or Purigen.
Yes, just Aquasoil.
This algae can be siphoned now that it has died and clumped up but before, it was unbreakable except by pulling small clumps off with tongs.
The HC is now thriving and the algae has subsided.
A new bulb for my Solar Mini M and a double daily dose of Excel = 1ml, 10ml of h2o2 every day, and EI dosing plus constant trimming of the HC, as well as 10 stems of floating Bacopa Caroliniana and doing water changes with pure RO seems to have cured it.
I don't know which did what but the combination seems to have done the trick.
I lost some Staurogyne Repens, which is unfortunate, but all will rebound.
I don't add livestock until I know I won't need to tear the tank down or use more drastic methods.
Although I do like using amano shrimp in established tanks, I am still blasting co2 and excel/h2o2, I wouldn't wan't to harm any animals for the sake of algae removal.
O-cats don't do anything for this algae anyway other than uproot my HC.