why wont it go away?
Hello I'm new to this site but have been running a planted tank for about 6 months now.
My current setup:
canister filter: diy filter foam, bio media
water polisher 5 micron filter
4 t5 6500k ho
drop checker steady at ph 6.6
over 10 species of plants
2 piranha (soon to be 3)
2 common plecos
100's of snails
dose with:Sachem .07 - .01 - .37 5ml 2xweek
Kent Marine Fe & Mn 0-0-3 5ml 1xweek
Recently 5ml algae destroyer advanced by aquarium pharm 3x week
I have a terrible hair algae problem, I had led's running the light but they faded away so I went with the t5's. After I got the new lights hair algae exploded over night. So, I turned up the co2 and reached ph 6.6 from 7.0. The hair algae disappeared and now I have a finer almost beard algae growing on the very bottom of the tank. I got 2 plecos and I have 100's of snails and they cant do the work fast enough. I only have 4 fish and the snails finish their leftover fish heads so I don't think nitrates would be a factor. I cleaned and replaced media in both filters and did a 50% water change and keep the lights 8 hrs a day as well as dose with algae destroyer and still nothing. How do you keep your tanks algae free? It's really frustrating because before the new lights everything was good; just not enough light. Now its a disaster.