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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhhhhhhhhh Algae ! Lol

I have a slight algae problem lol


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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 11:50 PM
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First things first, start pulling it off. You'll find a TON more comes in one pull than expected. Use a toothbrush and swirl it around in the algae!
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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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I just lifted the drift wood out and scrubbed it lol
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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 12:02 AM
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Slight algae ehh, lol. Did you treat the wood before putting it in the tank?
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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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I didnt I had it in a tank a long time ago it's been in my closet for 2 years tho
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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 12:51 AM
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He said slight......

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I say get as much out manually. after that's done, nuke the tank with the 1 2 punch.

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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 01:27 AM
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I thought you said it was a problem ? Looks to be growing very well to me.
Is the color too light ?
My tanks are not for everyone. I cultivate algae. That is great looking hair algae.
Real light texture usually found only under very high light or in excess of 10 hrs of high light. That cube tank has relatively no current in it right ?
The regular hair grass can live with med light or the lower levelsof high light.
Should have tabs because it has no conventional leaves to take in ferts with like
the other more typical plants do. But a Hydor water pump or other brand of one
likely would take up too much room in there. So what is on it for a filter ?
Reducing the intensity and/or hrs of light works on hair algae but increasing the flow helps also.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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I think what I did was put In a lot of ferts and didn't have enough plants to remove them . Plus 12+ hours a day of light
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post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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So what I did was take out as much of the algae out as I could . Which ment taking out my dwarf baby tears which were half dead and engulfed In algae . I cut my hair grass down cause it had algae at the top cleaned the drift wood and did a 25% water change to remove excess ferts . I might get something to eat the algae a little later on if it comes back as bad ...... @ Raymond I have an Aqua Clear 20 hob filter . It was partially blocked so the flow wasnt to good . I removed the instruction tho .
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Great. Photoperiod "needed"...7-8 hrs. Water changes of 50% remove half of the(whatever you are trying to remove like meds etc) unwanted chemical etc from the water. Mostly for future refference like when one day you test and find red in your nitrate vial after adding the drops.

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Algae is still coming back. . I wonder if my lighting is too much. Just doesn't look bright with all the tannin acids
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The first post in this thread was on the 24th....4 days ago.
Unless that hair algae got there in 4 days...
Did you ever list what light is on there ?

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36 watts of led lighting . 6500k
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post #15 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 03:43 PM
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The reason I asked about lighting is that various brands have different amounts of intensity in th actual light they have. Far from a complete list, this does give a few fixtures and perhaps yours is on there.
Lighting an Aquarium with PAR instead of Watts
Several charts so look at the LEDchart to see.
And let us know if it's there.
Since you have very few/little plants in there the effect of that light will be more
than normal. But finding out if you can get reasonally close in estimating how much is ther will help get the hrs you use closer to what it will take to remove the reason for the algae.

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