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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Algae Help Needed!

Hey Y'all, I am in need of some really big help. I've been trying to start a planted aquarium for some time now and one problem leads to another and then to another and so on and so forth. My most cumbersome challenge has been this fuzzy algae that grows on the substrate, plants and the diffuser!

Currently, the pH is at 6.5 and KH at 5. I do routine water changes and am just lost... please help!

Here are some pictures of whats going on:

Trying to get a grasp of things,

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 04:23 PM
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Holy smokes! That's some serious algae! Your pH and KH are fairly insignificant. What matters is Light and CO2. I'm pretty confident from that photo that you've got too much light. Fix the light then hire yourself a troup of algae eaters to clean up the mess. Shrimp and ottos should help.

There are various other things that cold be contributing to your situation. Post all the details of your tank (equipment, water additives, substrate, flora, fauna, temperature, and anything else you can think of) then folks here can help you figure out ways to improve.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 06:38 PM
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do you have fish inside?

For now, i would nuke your tank with H2O2 without the fish in it..

like seriously get a big bottle and just DUMP it in.

But you would probably kill whatever u had inside the tank.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2011, 08:47 PM
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Tell us more about your set up. Diffuser sounds like you are using CO2 of some sort?? Light? Filtration, circulation, size and age of tank setup, fertilizing, substrate, flora and fauna?
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