Thanks! What I did first was a good manual cleaning, then upgraded the lighting to ~3wpg. That helped some; however after a couple of weeks the BGA came back even with regular water changes. So after doing a little research I tried the "excess nutrients/CO2" method (dosed the tank with 2.5 ml comprehensive SeaChem suppl and increased the CO2 (diy) production by adding 1/4 tsp more yeast. I also added a couple of new plants and did a massive water change (~70%).
That was four weeks ago and the BGA has not returned (YAY!!!) I am now adding 2.5 ml of ferts twice a week and trying to slowly reduce the amount I am using to avoid the green algae bloom (I much prefer the pea soup however to the dreaded blue-green slime). I am also doing weekly 50% water changes.
I know the plants kind of look like I just threw them in (which is not too far off) but I plan to let the tank stabilize for a few months before doing any drastic replanting.
The very incipient glosso carpet is still alive, however the plants are not spreading as I'd like. Maybe I need to research this a bit more...
Last edited by elena; 07-22-2008 at 12:45 AM.