Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Major Algae in Planted Tank!
Not sure how you have you co2 set up and I can completely relate to the mess concerns. The three bottle rotation works well to keep the co2 consistent and you can fit 3 bottles in a Home Depot bucket with the lid on. You would have to drill a small hole in the lid. That would reduce your chances of mess considerably.
I agree that algae is definitely the product of imbalance. Usually nitrates and phosphates but it could be almost anything. If you have any limited nutrient then the plants are not able to utilize the other nutrients. Opens he door for algae.