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Short term algae

I'm readying some plants by growing them for a month or two in a 10 gallon before I move them to my main tank. This tank is set up for growth not beauty

Planting them in main tank, wet or dry not and option.

In a short term scenario like this when growth is paramount algae will be present. Not a major deal as all plants will be cleaned before they hit the main tank. But my question is will the extra ferts and lighting I'm throwing on these plants offset any algae damage. I hate seeing the algae on my plants but the effort involved in balancing a short term small tank is counterproductive if even possible.

I see the algae and I know I should turn down the lights but I've got some plants that have melted down to soil but that I feel confidant will come back, turning down the lights and decreasing ferts seems counterproductive.I do not believe I am over fertilizing, I have organic soil with 13-13-13 added and either way the point is moot, the soil is there.

Short term damage from algae or ................?
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What kind of algae?

If it's one of the furry/stringy ones, dose some Excel.

If it's GSA or brown, toss in a few nerite snails.





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Black furry stuff at the ends of the leaves, floating upward. I have a fancy camera but I'm clueless on how to use it.

No snails, I just bought every snail preventive in the world and I do mean the world since some things aren't sold in the states. All that money and I haven't seen one snail anyway.

I'll study Excel, I've seen people talking about it but I assumed it was fertilizer

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Sounds like BBA (black beard algae).

Excel should be pretty effective.

Excel is marketed only as a carbon supplement since algaecides are so much more regulated. But it's very effective against most of the stringy-looking algaes.


Errr... should I tell you now that keeping snails out of a tank the size of your MT is almost definitely a war you will lose? You might win a few battles here and there...





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Errr... should I tell you now that keeping snails out of a tank the size of your MT is almost definitely a war you will lose? You might win a few battles here and there... :hihi:
Rumor I heard was they took their eggs and fled as soon as they saw my name on the mailbox ;-)

I'll get some Excel

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you could at least tell square head why Gary had to take a vacation.



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