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Old 03-07-2004, 07:41 AM   #1
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This is on a 29G with 55W PC on ~12hrs/day
have 10ppm nitrate
.6ppm phosphate
and I dose 1ml potassium, iron, and flourish weekly
Also have 4 amano shrimp, 4 sae, 1 otto, a 2" and 4" bristlenose pleco
it seems like the same type of algae I had on other plants, but the amano shrimps took care of it on the other plants but they refuse to go on the water sprite to clean it up

Lastly, this is on another tank, a 10G with 26W PC

I think that algae is called red algae?
thats just a common pleco about 2" long
I just want the ID of this algae on the last pic all over the wood
and heres a different algae lower on the wood

I have no idea what that type of algae, looks like miniture java moss or something but thats xmas moss on the wood upper right
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Old 03-07-2004, 06:56 PM   #2
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what is your CO2 reading?
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Old 03-07-2004, 07:33 PM   #3
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Its about 9
theres no CO2 injection into the water
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When you provide everything but CO2 you are going to have algae because the plants can't grow fast enough to out-compete the algae for the nutrients. You have a very small tank so I would do a DIY CO2 or go and buy one of those CO2 kits at Pet Smart.

I had a nice 10 gallon planted tank in my sonís room with the same amount of light, using the Hagen Plant Grow Natural System with CO2 (Petsmart). I used Tropica Master Grow (TMG) fertilizer every other day. This is the best fertilizer out there bar none. I used Fertisticks in the substrate like I mentioned in the post above. I used nothing but RO water with Kents RO Right and a pinch of baking soda to get my kH up to 3.

If you buy the TMG you can throw that Iron test kit away. You really donít need it. Get you some duckweed and when you see it turn brown you know you need to add more TMG during your dosages. Make sure to keep your nitrates between 5-10 and your phosphates around .7, I add potassium to my tanks as well. You will see a big difference in growth when you do.

I canít tell what kind of substrate you have. I use Seachem Flourite Plant Substrate.
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I do dose potassium as well and I also have seachem flourite gravel as well. I also have some duckweed which never turned brown and I remove most of them every now and then but leave like 100 left. I probably would remove all of them but they get hard to get them all.
With all this trouble, I am considering just buying that hagen CO2 on the 10 gallon, depending on how well I like the results of getting rid of the algae and plant growth, I might make a DIY CO2 for the 29 gallon.
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With some C02 you are going to see the algae go away. I would use RO water if yours is like mine. Good luck with your tanks.
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