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Old 09-06-2013, 12:28 AM   #1
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Hair Algae, Again


Hey Folks,
I know this is a pretty well-trod topic, but I thought maybe someone can help me out given that I've done a lot of the recommended things, save for one.

So here's the low-down:

I have a fifty gallon tank with ada soil and a lot of plants. The soil is a good six years old.

I don't have a lot of fish: three glowlight danios, about fifteen green neon tetras, three leopard dannios, 1 SAE, and a few shrimp. I have loads of fast growing stem plants, blyxa japonica, four leaf mini clover, and so on.


Equipment:
  • Eheim 2217
  • Co2 Tank
  • Archea T5 39W
  • In-line heater

Readings:
  • PH: 6.0
  • Nitrite: 0
  • Nitrate: 0
  • Kh: 8
  • Gh: 8
  • Phosphates: 0

I keep the thing lighted for six hours on a timer and dose with ADA Brighty K and, sometimes, a bit of ADA Green Brighty 3.

When I try to up the Green Brighty 3, this definitely makes things worse, but not dosing doesn't get rid of it.

I also do about weekly water change of a third or so of the water.

Blackouts haven't worked for me in the past, so should I stop dosing and reduce the lighting even more, or should my readouts be different?

Thanks much in advance!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:06 AM   #2
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Peroxide has always been my go-to for hair algae.

Also, giving your plants some food wouldng help... Zero nitrate water isn't good for plants.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:14 AM   #3
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Peroxide has always been my go-to for hair algae.

Also, giving your plants some food wouldng help... Zero nitrate water isn't good for plants.
Interesting, and thanks! I always thought nitrates were bad. Any recommendations for upping them?
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get some seachem nitrogen
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get some seachem nitrogen
I will definitely check that out.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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Soulmanure:

+1 to steven_p's comment

prepare to have your nutrient beliefs turned upside down...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...php?t=107303#4

follow through with the EI or PPS dosing links.

If you're convinced that you need to feed your plants, then regardless of which one you choose, at 50 gallons, consider getting the dry fertilizers.

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Old 09-07-2013, 12:48 AM   #7
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In a planted tank your nitrates should be around 10PPM, and your Phosphate should be at around .5PPM. I run my nitrates at 10+, and the phosphate at 3-4PPM. 300watts of light for 6hrs. per day, and Co2 at between 30-40PPM. This is the combination it took to rid my tank completely of ALL Types of algae.
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Soulmanure:

+1 to steven_p's comment

prepare to have your nutrient beliefs turned upside down...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...php?t=107303#4

follow through with the EI or PPS dosing links.

If you're convinced that you need to feed your plants, then regardless of which one you choose, at 50 gallons, consider getting the dry fertilizers.
This is precisely the information I've been looking for! It answers a question that bugged me: why, if I have so many plants, do I often have algae, despite dosing with some ferts. This specifies what I need. Thanks a million!
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The cheapest way to get your ferts is from nilocg on TPT: check his WTS threads and never look back.

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The cheapest way to get your ferts is from nilocg on TPT: check his WTS threads and never look back.

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Bloody awesome info. I'm excited again about the tank. I feel sort of like I'm Sisyphus and I just got a map off the hill.
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Just stay off Lambard

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the cheapest way to get your ferts is from nilocg on tpt: Check his wts threads and never look back.

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Just got my dry ferts in the mail, measured them out, dropped them in, and am now excitedly awaiting a shift. Thanks again for the input!
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One more question for you all: I realized I have my tank on for five hours a day. Should I keep it where it is for now, or raise it?

Already noticing more color in the plants, and it's only the second day.
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