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2.5g-Massive hair algae problem

2.5g - Crappy large gravel(will be removed)
Most the plants in that tank are attached to an over dominating piece of driftwood.
So if i were to remove that piece of driftwood
bleach all that plants in 5% bleach solution, would it kill off the algae?
also i am not using that piece of wood in THIS tank after this, as it is too large, so would if very bad(for lack of better word) to just rip the plants off? thus destroying their roots.

Lighting is 15watt spiral.
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you could try bleaching, I used Kent Poly-ox, basically the same thing. Then I cut lighting, increased DIY CO2, and cut ferts. Problem was gone for a month, then i got lazy on my CO2 and it started coming back. I have a very mild case now. Good luck

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well the bleach solution will kill algae on the plants, but if there are hair algae everywhere else on the tank then they will quickly grow back on the plants.

every plant that can grow on driftwood is low light (to my knowledge) and 6 watts per gallon is way too high. is it the minibow 2.5? i suggest you remove the top and use a desklight with the same bulb, but higher up. that what i do with mine. you will also need CO2.

well most plants can be removed without ripping off their roots. the roots are damaged (not visibly), but still attached and can heel. so if you do it right, the roots will loose the furryness (actually small roots extending from them and into the wood), but the main root structure will be there and continue to grow normally. so yes you can remove the plants without too much damage. i have removed anubias and java ferns without a problem.

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Well, the h.polysperma are what attached, i orriginally left them floating, but their root systems have attached themselves onto teh wood so i have a nice root web system(would be great for killies IMO)
Well i'm planning to tear down the tank, reuse the plants, that's it.
Someone suggested that i used 3x excel dose, as with java moss, h.polysperma, and hte planned hornwort, the excel won't damage them, nor the duo of female guppies + betta.
And he also said it will also help the plants fight back against algae.
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