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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate negligable.

So, I guess this comes down to phosphate or lighting. I'll test phosphate on Monday.

However, I was looking at my LEDs. Each 4w LED bulb is probably roughly equivalent to an 8w fluorescent. This chucks out 4wpg. Is this too much?
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 05:07 PM
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that take is too small for SAE, and too small for most pleco's
pleco's those that are small enough may or may not care for algae at all
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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 01:01 AM
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I would get the nitrates to between 5-10 ppm and phosphates to 1-2 ppm. The oto's will take care of the brown algae. Again the algae around the hairgrass looks like blue green algae which needs a good flow at the front bottom of the tank.

When you get the otos watch how fast the tank will clear up.
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I still say phosphates. I wouldn't add any live stock in fact I would remove it. Then I would get a power head and add hydrogen peroxide with massive circulation for about ten minutes or until the algae starts to brake down. (Can't really do that if you have lots of live stock or mosses.) Then do a massive water change and use phosphate remover to reduce the phosphates.

I actually intentionally grow hair algae for my cory fry they love it, or the bugs that live in it. Knowing how to grow it has increased my cory survival rate to about 85-90% of all hatched.

You could start breeding corydoras
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Well, Otos and Amano now resident.

Bought some lower power G10s (although they still seem excessive)

Algae is still going strong. The otos seem to get rid of the stuff on the leaves but the substrate is going nuts

I've bought a little pump to improve circulation. ?Hopefully that will resolve it.

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