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Old 11-17-2014, 02:26 AM   #1
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Help with new 20 gallon set up

I've been out of the hobby for several years and have finally set up a 20 gallon Low Tech tank. The tank has been up for 5-6 weeks now.

I've got hair algae and it looks like the start of BGA. I'm looking for guidance on how to attack the algae without impacting the animals.

- Coryodoras habrosus
- Otocinclus
- Red Cherry Shrimp
- Thai Micro Crabs

- various Crypts
- Vals
- Anubius
- Java Moss
- Java Fern

Lighting - Finnex FugeRay Planted - 12 hours

Water (today's readings)
- 78* (constant)
- pH - 7.0
- Ammonia - 0
- Nitrate - 0
- Phosphate - 1.0

Ferts (erratic dosing)
- Flourish - recommended dose 2X a week
- Excel - less then recommended, twice a week, instead of every other day

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Old 11-17-2014, 02:58 AM   #2
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I would suggest cutting your light period down to 6-8 hours a day. I made the same mistake when I started thinking 12 hours was needed. You might want to increase your excel dosing, it can help kill off some of the algae plus providing co2 for your plants.

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