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My Plants are Dying, Algae is Taking Over!

I just tested my water parameter and they are as follows:
PH=5.0
KH=2.0
GH=3.0
Nitrite=0
Ammonia=0
75 gallon tank

Lights are as follow quantity of 2 85 watt VHO CFL pro start bulbs hung pendant style over the tank. They run on a timer with a 9 hours a day. Link to the bulbs is below:

http://www.normanlamps.com/product_i...oducts_id/3570

Using RO water measuring around 2ppm tds. Using a 36 watt turbo twist UV sterilizer. Using an eheim classic 2217 with a pre sponge filter. Also using a magnum hot canister rated for 50 gallons.

I have a pressurized semi automatic CO2 system and my drop checker is reading in the green to slightly yellow. So my CO2 may be a bit high.

I dose using EI as follows:

Sunday...........50% water change. Add KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4
Monday...........Add traces
Tuesday.........Add KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4
Wednesday....Add traces
Thursday........Add KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4
Friday.............Add traces
Saturday.........Rest day

Quantities for 60-80 Gallons (can be added dry)
+/- 3/4 tsp KN03 3x a week
+/- tsp KH2P04 3x a week
+/- tsp (20ml) Trace Elements 3x a week

My plants are being covered in a dark algae my Ecocomplete gravel is growing green algae, and I have a mix of algae on the glass! Also my plants look as though they are withering. I just can't figure out what the problem is! Does anybody have any ideas?
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Are you sure the pH is 5.0, that's a very acidic pH???? Also I don't see any flow are your filter outlets hidden behind the background??


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I just tested the PH before I wrote this so it should be accurate. I may take a water sample into the LFS tomorrow to verify. I used a brand new tetra laborette test kit.
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Get some real lighting, sounds like you've got a great CO2 system and fert regimine, why not bump up the lights?

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I currently have 170 watts of lighting on the tank? The bulbs are full spectrum. I'm not sure what you mean by real lighting?
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Are you adding any type of GH/KH booster to your RO water? Could be the reason for a very low PH...

How far from the substrate are your lights?

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I use sea chem equilibrium. I just added some to try and bring the gh up a little bit. I may add some Ph plus tomorrow. The lights are 11 inches off the surface of the water. Total water depth is around 21 inches.
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T5HO with nice reflectors. CFL aren't that bright. I have 80 watts over a 16 gallon about an inch from the surface and hardely consider it high light consider it high light. The light doesn't penetrate the bottOm well at all, either.

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honestly in your last picture the tank looks dim. i know you cant really judge light for plants with your eyes though.
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Each light puts out 4280 lumens of full spectrum light at 6400k color temp. I really don't think lighting is the problem.
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I use sea chem equilibrium. I just added some to try and bring the gh up a little bit. I may add some Ph plus tomorrow. The lights are 11 inches off the surface of the water. Total water depth is around 21 inches.
so your lights are about 32 inches from the substrate? I'd say you need to lower your lights and perhaps add a 3rd light to help spread the light across the tank.
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I will lower the lights. The same company makes these bulbs in a 105 watt version maybe I will try those. They are supposed to be great for growing plants.
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6400K is great for plants
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I just installed the lighting about 1 month ago. The plants took off at first but now I'm having problems. I bought the bulbs on Americanaquariumproducts.com
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Here is where I bought the bulbs from:

http://americanaquariumproducts.com/PowerCompact.html

My bulbs are the VHO type
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