I'm talking about a level that I clean everything out and do a 50% water change and next morning brown cob webs everywhere. It's just out of control. I've never even seen diatoms from this rapidly even in a saltwater tank.
By level I meant how many ppm's of phosphate and silicate... I know your level of algae... You seem to know your water supply has a lot of them, so what levels are we talking about?
Everybody talks about lighting and co2 balance but how am I suppose to find the balance? Starting today I will temper orally stop using my t5ho light and just let the led fixture be the only source of light.
Experimentation is the general way to get there. Tweak a few knobs until you get the algae under control, then turn them up until it comes back.
When it comes to co2 old folks say run it 24/7 and some others say only run it daytime. I'm just so confused.
You can run it 24/7 if your dosage rate is low enough to avoid gassing the fish overnight... That said, the plants will only consume CO2 when the lights are on. Injecting CO2 in the middle of the night is somewhat of a waste, as it isn't doing anything for the plants and most of it will off-gas before the lights come on.
A lot of folks like to bring the CO2 on about 1 hour before the lights, this lets the CO2 levels ramp up before the lights come on, rather than trying to play catch-up all day.
Similarly a lot of folks like to turn them off 1 hour before lights out, and let the plants bring the level back down.
I'm gonna start running about 1bbs 24/7 and see how that works.
Be aware that 1bps doesn't really mean anything to anyone but you... How much CO2 is in one bubble varies depending on the bubble counter, the amount of back-pressure from your diffuser, etc.. Also, the off-gas rate in your tank may be higher or lower than someone else.. Thus your 1bps may result in the same dissolved CO2 concentration as someone else's 10bps, or vice versa......
Use your bubble counter as a relative measurement that you can use to compare day-to-day in your own tank, but don't use it as an absolute measure you can compare to others.
pH measurement and/or drop checkers are really your best way to dial in CO2 levels, then make a note of what bps gets you there and use it.
Hopefully I won't gas my fish because when I'm at work I have no way to control my tanks. I guess I have to play around with the setting till I find the sweet spot.
I wish so bad if I can have a algae free tank for life. I'm just so tired of scrubbing algae and pulling off BBA from plant leaves.
Agreed, algae sucks.