Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oakland, California
what is algae control philosophy, with empirical support?
I've found that since I've been keeping only shrimp planted tanks this my temperatures are not tropical (65-72F) algae is not a problem. Co2 and ph seem easier to keep stable.
Changing water or not, didn't make much difference. (Again, there is no fish in this tanks)
Dosing didn't make much difference as long as there was no limiting factor.
Imo, given that there is enough plant mass... Light is the key to the rate of growth or metabolism of the tank, thus dictating the need for more or less nutrients including CO2.
And temperature dictates how stable it is.
I compare algae with cancer. We all have cancer cells in our bodies. We need to NOT be a good host for them to thrive.
A heavily planted shrimp tank is possible!