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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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New Algae bloom

Hello, I have recently replaced my 108W T5 HO with the new fluval full spectrum LED. I am now battling BGA and a protien film. ALso there is a "hair like" algae on all my plants. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 06:54 AM
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What is your fertilization regimen like? What about CO2? We need more information to begin to be of any help.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 05:19 PM
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When i switched from t5no to led I had a huge algae problem for quite a while. Im just using diy co2 and I dose water ferts 1-2 times a week. I grew clado like it was my job. The only thing that finally stopped it was daily dosing of 2-3x excel, elevating the light several inches above my tank (I might have to bring it up more), adding another bottle to my co2 rig, and being more consistant with my fert dosing. I added dwarf water lettuce as well to help block some of the light. I didn't manage to get rid of the clado until I did a whole tank treatment with h2o2 and a follow up dose of excel.

If I was using pressurized co2 this would be much easier, and I would probably ditch the water lettuce. My plants grew "redder" before I started reducing the light but I also was plagued with algae.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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I do not have a fert regimen as I was growing my plants like crazy without any before. I do have pressurized CO2 running 2-3bps through an airstone as a diffuser. I have an ehiem 2217. (55 gallon tank i might add)
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