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Old 04-02-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Thought I knew about algae... I was wrong


So I have a small 5 gallon Spec V with a finnex ray 2 and CO2. Everything is growing so nice!!

It's crazy how many things are putting out new growth. Heck even my Buce Copper is has put out 5 new leaves in 3 days. It's awesome!

Bad part is I'm starting to notice some algae which I expected to encounter. Now I don't exactly know what I'm doing or going to do to counteract it so please help this newbie out

Right now I've got a tiny bit of green dust algae growing on some L. Atlantis and that's it. It might have been hitchhiked in but I kinda doubt it. (I looked). I also have a small bit of hair algae growing on some tips of rotala. It's not your usual hair algae but is quite fluid and flimsy. Seems to capture co2 quite well.

Nothing else and the algae seems to just be beginning but I don't know what I should be doing. Tried reading but having trouble.

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Oto cats!!! For that size tank one will be more than enough!!! And even after he gets settled in(after a few weeks) I'd give him some veggies!
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Oto cats!!! For that size tank one will be more than enough!!! And even after he gets settled in(after a few weeks) I'd give him some veggies!
Already have one and 2 amano shrimp

Anything else I can do?


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Old 04-02-2013, 04:59 AM   #5
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Could be an unbalanced ferts and lights. Especially if you said you where going things so fast. A few floaters might help. It's a very common problem on the forum
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I'm going through the same thing right now....minus the good growth, even though im using Co2. Hoppy has EXTREMELY helpful articles about lighting with graphs and all. I recommend reading it as I did. It's alot to take in as a newbie, but the more you know the better and more fun it is.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...368&highlight=

I'm not going to give advice, I'll leave that to the pros, but these links helped me alot!
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I'm no pro either. Just someone who's messed up a few times lol.
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It's the best way to learn! Just doesn't always treat the wallet kindly ltmq
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Ltmq?

No it really doesn't. Algae is a 50/50 thing micro organism that fish and plants benifit from to an extend. Especially green water!
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Ltmq?

No it really doesn't. Algae is a 50/50 thing micro organism that fish and plants benifit from to an extend. Especially green water!
'Laugh to myself quietly' it's gonna be a thing!

Yeah I see my fishies munching on algae more so than my amano shrimp or oto cats....
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the "fliud" bba might be staghorn ^_^ I would remove affected leaves~ good luck!
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Could be an unbalanced ferts and lights. Especially if you said you where going things so fast. A few floaters might help. It's a very common problem on the forum
Well I just tested and my nitrates are through the roof (60+)

I just realized I'm dosing with both KH2PO4 and KNO3... both of which contain nitrate I believe. Could that be the cause??




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the "fliud" bba might be staghorn ^_^ I would remove affected leaves~ good luck!
Just looked and luckily it's not even close to staghorn

It's so flimsy that I can brush it right off. It seems like its not getting enough flow through the tank. Could that be a cause?


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Definitely need to get those nitrates down. Not only are you providing a feast for the algae, but you're in the "caution zone" for animal life at 60ppm.
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Unbalanced ferts. Usually how I make my plants thrive and change my fauna
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