BGA in a lightly planted aquarium
Is the treatment for BGA any different in a lightly planted tank? I know that plants can help stabilize the tank and inhibit algal germination.
My tank has been up and running for about 3 months. It's a South American black water habitat tank, so it has only a few plants. Currently: ~12 Cabomba stems, one small Amazon sword, and a large surface patch of Salvinia.
55g, MTS with river sand cap, 2XT5NO 20" from substrate, aquaclear 70, pH 6.8, NO3 0, photoperiod 10 hours, lightly stocked. Main feature is a huge driftwood stump.
I have a BGA outbreak on the areas of driftwood nearest the light (including directly under the filter outflow).
I know from reading many threads here that low NO3 levels can trigger BGA. My tank has 0 ppm without dosing.
Remember that this tank is pretty lightly planted. What should I do?
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