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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-17-2003, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Quick question...I'm deciding between setting up a planted tank or a non-planted tank. Assuming I have no algae growth in my non-planted tank, will the addition of plants induce or introduce algae to my system? I am curious because in my previous 10 gal. once I put some anacharis in, algae became a big problem. Prior to that, I had no algae. If I treat the plants first with some K-permanganate, will that kill the algae on the plant? Does anyone else have a successful planted Eclipse 6 system? I'd like to ask you about lighting, presence of a Bio-wheel, carbon filter, etc. Where can i get substrate that won't cloud my water? Is having root tabs sufficient with no substrate? Argh, so many questions!!! Thanks

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If your tank is good for plants then it's good for algae also. The trick is to get the plants growing good then they'll out compete the algae for nutrients.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-17-2003, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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But if I don't let any algae into the system, I can avoid the problem all together right? Can't I treat all the plants prior to putting them into the tank? I've heard bleach can do the trick...

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Algae is in the air you breathe. There's no way to keep it out of your tank. Sorry.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-18-2003, 12:43 AM
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So if algae is in the air we breath,why not go ahead and put some plants in youre tank. Sounds to me Calico that you have low lighting. I personally would stick some java fern and a anubias in there. You might get a little algae at first but it should go away.And you can always buy and algae eating fish to help out. Sword tails work good for do s.a.e and c.a.e. A planted tank is the only way to go...........

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