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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. My tank has only been runing for about 8 days, and I have a slight hair aglae problem. Its nothing major at the moment though.

I understand it is wise to not fertilize for 8 weeks, so should I just let it run its course?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2004, 12:53 AM
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Sit tight. the aquarium needs to achieve a balance.

You might want to add more plants.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-17-2004, 04:23 AM
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That stuff is a real problem for me at times, especially on my alternanthera reineckii. I really hate the thought of getting another test kit but I suspect my phosphate content may be on the high side. If it gets any worse, I may do a blackout or selectively blackout the long stems on my alternanthera with a small black plastic bag. Maybe that will slow it down until I can get my water balanced. My tap water is fine to drink but it leaves a lot as far as growing plants is concerned. RO water is a major pain in the backside and has its own problems as well.

pH: 6.6 to 7.0
Ammonia = nil
Nitrate = 10....perhaps
2 W/gal for 10-12 hours/day
gravel substrate
Aquarium Pharamcutical root fert.
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