Hey guys, wondering if someone can point me in the right direction here.
A little information:
55 gallons, 256 watts of light. 30ppm CO2, start a half hour before the lights come on, goes off when the lights go out. Fluval 305 Canister filter, and two Aqueon powerheads for additional flow. (Just over 10x turnover rate.) Dosing NPK+Micro's daily. 50% water change every two weeks.
This above formula worked very well for me, for about 6 months. I was growing HC Cuba, Elocharis, and Downoi very well.
Then, I decided to get a ropefish for my tank and was told that it would do well in my Neon Tetra community tank. I no longer have tetras, and have since re-homed the ropefish. I also chewed out the petstore, and got refunded for all the tetras I lost.
Now, my tank is crashing hard. Not only do I have horrible green water algae, but I also have BGA and Hair algae show up as well. I have raised the lights and cut the photoperiod down to 4.5 hours and have stopped dosing for the time being. 25% water changes are being done every three days.
None of this is working. Everything just keeps showing up! Any ideas on how I can combat this? Should I be fighting everything at once, or one strain of alage at a time?
ANY help is appreciated, really need to get my tank back to it's original state!
Sorry about your Neons and the algae bloom. Find sources of nutrients that are fueling the green water. I think green water like straight ammonium/ammonia, from overfeeding or a dead something. Don't use liquids (flocculents) because they hurt fishes' gills.
A short algae story. I think most tanks have algae, including green water, but they are so few in number that you can't see them, until the right conditions are present. Then, you start seeing colonies pop up.
I'm not a big fan of treating the symptoms, which are the algae. I try a few things that I think may be wrong with the tank. Like the light intensity. I also did 50% water changes twice a week. I thought it might take some things out of the water that are too high and add things that might be low. For example NPK is supposed to be dosed every other day, while micros once or twice a week. I know this way is ugly and requires patients, especially when plants are being overrun. The payoff is when you're doing something right when an algae starts to recede. Unfortunately, I was a month at stopping the Hair algae and the tank looks less full of plants now.
I have heard that the photoperiod should not be less than 6 hours. I am sure others will give you more information. For your perusal, here's a site about id'ing algae with a lot of information on what you can do.
Look for more information on Google. Best of luck.