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Old 08-29-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Hair Algae in cycling tank...

Hello, I'm brand new to the site, and brand new to aquariums. Had a 10 gallon when I was in middle school but that was easily 20 years ago. My issue is I'm a little more than a week into the initial fishless cycle, and my tank seems to have a huge issue with this hairy algae...see picture below.

Did a master test and on two occasions and the levels were as follows:

pH - 7.2
NH - 3ppm
NO2 - 1ppm
NO3 - 10ppm

pH - 6.6
NH - 0
NO2 - 1ppm
NO3 - 40ppm

I've read that high nitrate levels can contribute to algae growth is this true? any advice on what I should do at this point? I'm thinking I should just leave it for now until the cycling is complete, but I could use a bit of reassurance...Thanks in advance!

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