Starting over....need advice and tips
I am a new user. Have a 90 gallon with a Glo lighting system and a Rena X3 external. I have had it for years but right after setting it up originally I got brush/beard algea in a bad way. I tried everything...SAEs, algae treatments with carbon removed, CO2, dark, you name it. It remained strong.
It was not a planted tank at that time and I have never done planted but this what we want to do now.
My question is about doing all I can to rid this tank of the existing algae. Now that it is rid of fish (our only fish has died) we are starting over. I drained the tank and refilled twice and drained, took out all large decorative rocks and boiled for two hours and scrubbed with a toothbrush (these are still out of the tank). I cleaned the Rena with warm water with some bleach and rinsed. I did not get the media in any bleach but rather simmered those for 10 minutes. I then refilled the tank with a 10:1 mixture of water:vinegar. And reconnected the Rena and have it all running now. I plan to drain and refill with fresh water after the vinegar mixture has cycled in the tank a while. I will add the larger boiled rocks later.
I will obviously have to get the bacteria re-established.
Any advice or corrections? Will this do a good job on the algae problem?
I will ask more questions about beginner plants, chemestry and fish later. Right now I am focusing on this algae and am in no rush.
Thanks in advance and looking forward to the site.