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Old 10-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Fighting algae in my nano shrimp tank


To my dismay last night I noticed what appears to be staghorn algae growing in my tank. This is a fluval ebi running stock light, and filter. No co2 or ferts. Tank has been set up for 6 weeks, cycled very quickly with filter media from another tank. Current plants are java moss, fissidens, Christmas moss, java ferns and crypt wendtii. Tank is home to 6 red cherry shrimp, one berried. Right now i only see it on the fissidens and java moss. Parameters:

Ph- 6.6
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- ~5
Gh- 3
Kh- 2
Weekly 20% water change
Lights on timer about 9 hours a day

This is my first planted tank so I really need some good advice. I have removed as much as I could and have cut the light back to 8 hours. I have read about excel dosing but I am really nervous doing this with shrimp in the tank.
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What do you mean by ~5 nitrates?

If you mean really really low nitrates, then you probably just have a decent amount of light and not enough flow in that part of the tank. I would suggest increasing the flow.


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It is about 5. The color seems like it may be just under 5 on the card. I could adjust the spray bar to see if it helps with flow. It does appear to be in one area of the tank. It is in the middle under the light.
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It is about 5. The color seems like it may be just under 5 on the card. I could adjust the spray bar to see if it helps with flow. It does appear to be in one area of the tank. It is in the middle under the light.
That's most likely it. The increased flow is a blessing in disguise, it keeps your water column healthy.


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Cut your lighting down to 8 hours max and increase flow, for sure. Your water hardness (GH) also needs to be increased a minimum of 2. Ideally, to 6-7 GH for the shrimp you're keeping.
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Thanks. I have adjusted the flow, fingers crossed. I'm going to work on getting that gh up too. I was so excited a couple of days ago to have my my first berried shrimp and then this brought me back down to earth quick.
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