Algae apearing on DHG/hardscape
Fluval edge 6gal at 74f
x2 cfl 10watt 6500k was at 12 hours a day but put it at 10 now.
Dose 1ml seachem flourish twice a week.
Pressurized co2 w/ glass nano diffuser 1bps
Just tested for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates and all are 0
Tanks a little over a month old and im starting to see some type of fuzz/hair algae of some kind starting to grow on the back glass, heater and DHG.
Also green algae is showing up on my rocks and glass. I can easily brush it off with a toothbrush but itll be back in a couple days. Tank still looks good but i want to get the situation taken care of before it can get out of hand.
Can a dirty filter cause aglae? I just finally replaced my mechanical media and it was gross. Lol. Btw i run 1 foam and 2 biomax. Should i add some carbon?
I have to turn on and turn off my co2anually every day so my co2 levels are not constant. Sometime i turn it on at 9am sometime 1pm. Sometimes i turn my co2 off at 7pm or sometimes 10pm when i get home late. Would i be better off leaving co2 on 24/7 at a low rate? I dont habe a dropchecker.
The only algae eater i have in my tank is 1 oto. I have a couple large ammanos i want to add to the tank for the DHG you think they would make a huge difference?
So what are some suggestions? I decreased my photo period for 2 hrs, increased co2 and changed my filter. It is possible my tank isnlt fully cycled/stable and its just a small algae bloom that will go away on its own? I dont even know why i have algae seems like i shouldnt have any.
Two bulbs may be more than the tank needs, try using only one for right now.
Zero nitrate is not a good thing, plants need nitrogen and nitrate is a great source. With bright light and CO2 you need to be dosing the tank with a complete fertilizer that contains NPK+traces. See the sticky on the Fertilizer forum for details.
I would leave the CO2 on all the time rather than depending on your schedule. Just pull back a notch if you are concerned about the oto. You might want to let the HOB filter splash a little as this tank hasn't much water surface and planted tanks do need good aeration same as any other tank.
Don't replace the filter media, rinse it with old tank water. A new tank can use all the bacteria it can get! As long as water flows through and it isn't breaking apart keep it. I have the sponge that came with my sump over 10 years ago, still hanging together!
I would definitely add the shrimp, if nothing else they are the cutest things!
I shortened the lighting from 12hr to 10hr. I dont want to use just one bulb because i am in the process of carpeting.
Co2 will be on low and on 27/7
I added 2 very large amanos they are already getting to work!
Filter media rinsed.
Lets see how much this makes a difference. I dont got money to buy ferts right now plus i would have to order it online most likey so ill see if this fixes my problem if not most of it.
I dont have a timer on my co2 because its the fluval 88 kit and it sucks.
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