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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Location: Australia, Adelaide mate :)
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Tank Stats:
+41 Gallon / 157 Litres Tank
+Ammonia: 0
+Nitrite: 0
+Nitrate: 5.0
+GH: 13Degrees / 232.7ppm
+Tap ph: 7.0
+Tank Ph: 7.4+
+Current Tank Ph with co2: 6.9ph

+Hagen AquaClear 200 Filter (750 L/ph)
+Fluval 404 Canister (1300 L/ph)
+ViaAqua 200watt Heater

+3ft Fluorescent Reflector - Hagen Power-Glo 30watt flourescent bulb
+3ft AquaOne Florescent twin reflector - twin default tubes 2x30watts.
-Total of 90watts over about 40gallons = 2.25wpg

+Diy 2ltr coke bottle with checkvale to a Plant-Gro CO2 Bubble Counter.
+Yeast mix of a teaspoon of a half against 2 cups of sugar.

+8x Fancy Guppies + bunch of uncounted fry
+2x Clown Loches
+3x Otocinclus sp.
+8x Bristlenose Pleco (L-088 Ancistrus sp.) 6/jan/04
+4x Mollies 29/jan/04
Ive been to 7 fish stores and wasted $30 on fake saes.

My plants in this last week have grown more then I can believe, such as growing half a foot in 4 days. My anubius leafs grow from a shoot to a full adult leaf in 3 to 4 days.


1)I have dark green hair algae on my anibus leafs on my driftwood.
2)Have brown bread or fluffy brown algae on java moss
3)Starting to get some long green strings of algae on my sword type of plant

So my question is....
How to get rid of algae
Ive worked and spent so hard to get my plants finally growing nicely... now algae is starting to build up

Dooooooomeeed [/code]

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 01:57 PM
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You gave such a comprehensive summary of your tank specifications and then I still have to ask you one more thing, haha. PO4? With moderate levels of Nitrate like yours (~5ppm), if your PO4 is around 0.5ppm, you should have little trouble eliminating that algae growth.
Remove as much of it as you can by hand, get the nutrients in line, find some real SAE's, and the algae will diminish. I couldn't find any other way to get rid of that black brush algae other than SAE's. I also had a hard time finding them in my LFS's so I called the wholesaler's directly and referred my LFS's to them.
If you were in the US, I could refer you to the wholesalers but you're going to have to find one in Australia.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I think ideas of sae is a fanatasy for me, not going to happen :S

No4?? I can only guess that would be phosphate?

Reminds me, Gotta go get a Kh and Phosphate test kit.

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