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Old 04-03-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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so my tank is some what stable from what i see with my plants in regards to lighting, dosing, co2.

specs are as follows.
med light
ph 6.2
light on for 7 hours
co2 on for 9 hours (1 hr prior and after)
medium/strong flow. during the day i keep it at medium and at night i keep it at high.


my anubias, and i mean all of them however are growing some algea, likely bba because it looks like all the leaves have beards on them...

i've read that slow growing plants tend to grow algae due to low phosphates.
should i begin dosing that as well? or is there another method i should check/look into prior to that.

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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so my tank is some what stable from what i see with my plants in regards to lighting, dosing, co2.

specs are as follows.
med light
ph 6.2
light on for 7 hours
co2 on for 9 hours (1 hr prior and after)
medium/strong flow. during the day i keep it at medium and at night i keep it at high.


my anubias, and i mean all of them however are growing some algea, likely bba because it looks like all the leaves have beards on them...

i've read that slow growing plants tend to grow algae due to low phosphates.
should i begin dosing that as well? or is there another method i should check/look into prior to that.

thank you!
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Your pH is ideal for plants. They'll thrive in the acid water. I'd question the use of CO2 in a low to moderate light tank, though. It's really not necessary, because in lower light, the plants don't require added carbon dioxide. If you like, you can add a little bottled CO2 with a commercial fertilizer. The slow growing aquatic plants don't need much more than the natural fertilizer the fish produce. This is the best long term fertilizer. Just feed your fish a balanced diet.

Algae thrives in water high in phosphates. Most of your flaked food has a lot of this mineral, so if you feed your fish too much flaked food, you'll definitely get a good growth of algae.

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i've read that slow growing plants tend to grow algae due to low phosphates.
should i begin dosing that as well? or is there another method i should check/look into prior to that.
Its more attributed to a combination of excess nutrients and algae spores that were transferred into the tank.

If there's an excess in nutrients, dilution is the best solution.

BBA will not be killed by starvation. it will need to be treated otherwise it will propagate and spread when left to its own devices.

7 hours is not necessary for these low light plants. cut back an hour and do a 80% water change.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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but how come that only shows on the anubias? is it an early warning sign?
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