Please help - Newbie being choked with hair algae
Hi all, I am fairly new to planted tanks and really really need help. I am over-run with green hair algae!!!
Current tank setup is a 47gal tank with:
5 amazon swords along the back wall
6 pygmy sword chains
10 rummy nose
1 pearl gourami
2 bolovian rams
a baby bristlenose pleco
2 45w T8 lights right on top of the tank
pea gravel substrate
I was dosing flourish excel, but stopped because I couldn't get rid of the algae
Flourish root tabs every 4 - 6 weeks
2 large pieces of bogwood
30% wc every week
Now, I do want to strip this tank down anyway, so I have waiting in the wings;
4 bags of flourite black sand
some java moss
and I want to get -
HC, Hemianthus callitrichoides (if at all possible)
I am happy to dump the current plants, but I want to keep the bogwood. I do not want to strip this tank apart and put my good stuff in until I know how to rid myself of this overwhelming invasion. If I put my flourite and new plants in and this happens again, I cannot start over.
How do I get rid of this algae??? Do I need co2 for my new set up? I am confused about what I need for co2. Is my lighting sufficient? What do you guys think of my general planting list?
I am really wanting to sort my tank ASAP and get my new stuff in there. I cannot bear to look at this algae any longer. All your advice is very much needed and appreciated!