Daitoms and Brown Hair Algae
I come to you for the first time in a while for advise on how to deal with diatoms and brown hair algae in my new 5gal heavily planted tank.
These are my specs
Light: High (8 hours)
CO2: Injected (10 hours)
Ferts: Seachem "EI" calculated using rotala butterfly calculator (first time using EI)
I understand that this occurs in new tanks, but I'm having trouble keeping the brown hair algae in check. It seems to grow overnight in thick tufts that cover the entirety of my montecarlo carpet in the low lying areas of the tank. Could my EI dosing schedule and amounts be the problem? I understand that imbalance of nutrients, light and CO2 can cause problems. I've reduced photoperiod and light intensity. I also increased CO2 and flow above the problem area, but somehow the problem got worse.
I am frustrated because I was able to start and keep a well planted high tech tank with very similar specifications without crazy algae or diatom growth. The difference this time may be water source and my EI dosing schedule. I used to only dose small amounts of Seachem flourish in my old tank (I really miss that well behaved tank).
Any help would appreciated to at least calm my frustration.
Thanks a ton!