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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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AI Prime and green algae

Hello everyone,

About 4 months ago I redid my 20 gallon Hexagon tank and added an AI Prime light. For the most part, my plants are anubias and crypts with also some moneywort and microsword. Additionally, I have a single aponogeton. I am really just looking for somewhat steady growth in these plants.

Over the past two months I have been getting horrible green algae that comes back almost immediately. What is the exact name for this type of algae and what steps can I take to treat it? Also are there any fish that would be a good fit in my tank to help control it?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 09:44 PM
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looks like blue green algae to me,the way it's covering in sheets.Blue green slime remover or I've heard chemi clean works well.
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MTS? no,I just need one more tank...
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Is there any idea what might've caused this? I'm afraid of treating this with chemicals if it will come right back due to an underlying issue.
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APIŽ E.M. ERYTHROMYCIN is very effective and usually knocks it out. Lots of theories for why this occurs I personally think it's from an inadequate bio-filter (plants and media) and light imbalance.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 03:57 AM
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whenever I've had it,it seemed like it came after a massive plant melt down or die off.Also,maybe just co-incidence,but I've only had it in tanks with eco-complete.

MTS? no,I just need one more tank...
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thats really interesting. I can add some more sponges in my HOB filter to create more capacity for biological filtration. Furthermore, this tank was completely overhauled with new plants and new fish after being pretty barren for 2 years. The nitrates are extremely low.. almost 0. I'm thinking that all these factors might be contributing to my issues. I plan on adding the additional sponges and also dosing fertilizer that contains Nitrates... Does this sound like a decent plan going forward?
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