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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is this white hair algae?

So I have started a small nano planted tank. Super ambitious I know. I failed once and now I am going for it a second time with some new plants and doing waters change almost every day.

Currently I have got some white hair like stuff on my plants and filter and there are even some white specs on my snails in the tank. No exactly sure what it is.

The details of the tank are as follows:

I am using Sechems Flourish Excel and Potassium products only when I do a water change of over 40%.

Trying to get the tank to cycle. I currently have:

Nitrate: 5ppm - 10ppm

Nitrite: 1ppm

Ammonia: 0 - 0.25ppm

pH: 7.2

Lights: are on for 9 hours total. with a siesta time of about 5 hours. So I have the lights on for about 5 hours then off for 5 hours then on for 4 hours.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 03:08 AM
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Maybe it is some sort of fungus? I really can't identify it.
By the way I wouldn't have the lights on for very long when you've just started the tank. Start with 5-6 hours then bump up when your tank has matured. I don't use siesta periods but it's up to you whether you want to keep it.
By the way if further along the road the plants aren't growing I would look at your dosing because you are missing N(once the cycle is over), P and micros. Of course your livestock may be able to provide enough N & P but just something to keep in mind if you have problems in the future.

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