brown hair algae new tank (PICS)
This is my first high tech tank. I thought I had all my bases covered when starting this a month ago, but algae hit it bad right after setup. It started on the driftwood so i thought it would go away, it just got worse though. Algae in this tank has consisted of brown hairy looking algae, green dust algae and green dots on the glass. I do 3 water changes a week and plan to do so till the algae is gone. During the water changes I clean out as much as possible on the plants, rocks, wood, and glass. Next week my algae crew is going in 20 amano's, 10 nirite's and 4 oto's. I added some old media from another filter to help with the cycling this week so hopefully no deaths and I'll be able to get my money's worth out of them.
I think my problem lies with my EI dosing. In my last setup I was using 1/4 dose. On this set up I have been sticking to the 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended dose, the plant mass is still rather low.
So what would you guys do? Am I missing something what's putting the system out of balance?
3 weeks old
Lighting: 2x24w T5HO 1x18w T8 for 8 hours
Filter: ehiem 2217
Update. Now I have also found a few very long fine green stings.
ok you have Rhizoclonium and thread algae. Both are common with new tanks. I actually just got control of the same two issues myself.
Here is what i found that worked:
1) I manually, EVERYDAY without fail, removed as much as possible.
2) HIGH co2!!!! (maybe the most important step), mine comes on 30 min before my HIGH lighting.
3) I dose excel 2x the daily reccomended dose about 2 hours BEFORE my co2 comes on. DAILY!
4) IE dosing of ferts, this is a MUST! Both of these algaes are due to low nutrients
5) Nerites, amanos, and ramshorns. (in a 125g i have 5 nerites, 10 ramshorns(ATM), and 22 amanos)
I have very little of either algae types now.
Chad thanks for the reply. I bumped up my EI dosing and will keep up with the algae cleaning. I have 2L of excel I'll have to start dosing again. For some reason I thought excel wouldn't do anything with the high amount of co2 I'm running. The algae so far comes up easy when I manually remove it, so I should be able to keep on top of it.
this algae is common in new tanks, it will eventually start to fade away. just hang in there, remove manually till then.
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