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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-30-2006, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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What else can I do?


It's been a couple weeks now that I've been adding ferts to my tank, and although it has improved I am still seeing algea growth.
It's the green stuff that grows on the plants, GBA maybe??

Here's my current specs:

120-140Watts light (dont know for sure because I am OD 4 T8's)
10 hours of light.
Ph currently is 7.0-7.1? according to hagen test kit
Phosphate between 2.5 and 5 - hagen test kit, but definetly closer to 2.5 than 5.
Gh 220
kh 170 (all hagen test kit)
I am using pressurized co2 (otherwise my ph is around 7.8)
The only test kit I dont have is for nitrates so I dont know what it is right now, but I plan on getting one today.

Ferts I am dosing 3X week:
3/4 KNO3
3/16 (pinch) kh2po4
1/4 k2so4
and on alternate days dosing 60ml of nutrafin plant gro iron. (will switch to plantex as soon plant gro is done in a couple days)

As I said, it is much better that it was before I started dosing, but I am still seeing algae growth.
So what else can I do to eliminate growth?

Thanks for all the help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 03:31 AM
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Cut back on your lights and see how that goes. Maybe only give them 8 hours or so a day. Other then that go no lights for a day or 2. I also fond that when I have setup a new tank it can take quite a few months for everything to stabilaze and this can contribute to alge I find.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-02-2006, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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I've had this tank for awhile now, I only started adding ferts a couple weeks ago.

Cutting on the lights, wont that affect plants as well?

Another question, I did my water change today and did my regualr fert dosage and tested for nitrates and it shows a result below 10ppm.

Is this where it should be or should I be targetting for 20ppm?
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