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Hello new to this site and was looking for some input. I have a 5 gallon nano tank with some Dwarf Sagittaria, crypt parva (2 days new) and some other plants that I cannot identify. Using ADA Amazonia and a small layer at the bottom of previous used eco complete. Dosing excel and having co2 at 1.5 bps for 3 hours. Yesterday I rescaped everything and added the ADA substrate. I clipped many leaves from the sag due to some tiny but overwhelming green hairlike algae. I have the finnex planted plus on the way and have been using very old I have been having trouble with green spot, and tiny fingernail length very fine green/brown algae. light is running for about 7 hours.
1 I think it is the light. very old, and made for saltwater refugium, light spectrium is very bad for this tank I think.
2 Should I be doing water changes once per week 2 weeks or how long? Been doing them every 3 weeks.
3 With the new light should any suggestions on how long I should be running it?
4 If any better ways to start to eradicate the algae? No idea where to start.
thanks for input and any pointers.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-19-2017, 07:02 PM
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Why is it so murky?

For a tank that small I'd suggest a lot of water changes. Don't bother with a hose, just scoop out the old water with a yogurt cup. That way you can change half the water in 5 minutes. That should help keep the algae under control. Your plants will need a few weeks to get established. Stop trimming until you see some strong growth.
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