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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 04:26 PM
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I see your using a heater for a non fish plant tank? What temp are you running?
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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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What am I missing - please help with my battle with algaes

26 Celsius
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post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 09:26 PM
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Also I know many when battling algae issues will perform two water changes per week.
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Will try that too :-)
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best of luck and keep us informed on progress....you've got a nice tank going for sure.
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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Will do for sure :-)
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How high above the tank are your lights? If you have typical Kessil 32w LEDs (the Kessil A150) you are using the equivalent of two 150w+/- metal halides over your tank. Kessils really put out the light (read PAR) so you probably need to adjust the height of the lights above the tank along with the other suggestions about photoperiod, ferts, and CO2.

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Ok, (26 Celsius) is 78.8 degrees. I would lower that temp. too the low 70's
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Your algae stems form too much nutrients in the water. With all the dosing you're feeding the algae at this point. Stop.
  • Stop all CO2.
  • Stop all Fertilizers.
  • Big weekly water changes.
  • Add SeaChem PhosGuard to your filter. (you can also add Purigen too)
  • Invest in a half dozen Otos*
Stoping the CO2 and Fertilizers should starve out the algae (this takes time). Your plants will be fine. You have a natural level of nutrients in the water which plants will use. The SeaChem Phosguard removes excess phosphate and silicate from water column, helping to control the algae. The Otos (Otocinclus Catfish) are cheap, fun fish that feed on algae. They'll knock down the out break in your tank (along with stopping the CO2 and Ferts) and will help control the algae in the long term.

You algae didn't happen overnight, and it won't go away over night either. Everyone with a planted tank has algae, you can't wipe it out, but you can control it.

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post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for advice. :-)

I just did another big water change. Cleaned as much algae as I could.
Stopped adding frets for now. Will be doing another 80% water change on Sunday.

Got my NO3 down to 10 and phosphorates down to 2.5.
Will keep adding CO2 for now to check how much frets plants will use till Sunday. Hope this will give me idea how much I should be dosing in the near future.

I am still holding off adding any chemicals or getting fish for now.
My primary goal is to understand what's needed to sustain healthy, fast plant grow. I don't mind little algae here and there, just don't want them to do better then plants.
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