Are you running the light full strength for 8 hrs? You could probably up your co2, but you need to watch your fish. A 1.0 PH drop is usually safe between degassed tank water and co2 peak. So take a sample out of tank shake it and let it set for a day and then test your water at peak co2. A 1.0 PH drop usually indicates good co2 ppm.
When you have bba growing on slow growing plants it's almost always a light/co2/organic waste management issue.
Yep 8 hours full strenght, I do already have alot of bubbles going in. I'll test it.
Cyano loves sand. Anytime Iíve had light colored sand Iíve gotten it. I now have seachem black sand and there is a cyano splotch beneath the surface of the sand where a beam of sunlight hits the tank.
At first glance your tank is not heavily planted. You might want to look at nutrient levels and light. Also the the large white sand all the way around is perfect for both diatoms and cyano, so youíll need to manage that well.
How old is your tank? At first many algaeís will strike but they subside as the tank matures.
For algae, expect no quick fixes. Remove what you can (eg I would consider sucking up infested sand and replace with new clean sand). Plants that are impacted, prune and/or remove. Plants that are injured prune and/or remove. Some algae responds to h2o2 injected on it. (I use this kill hair algae that I can remove)
I use excel daily at daily dose on bottle and think that confers an anti algae benefit but canít say for sure. It might be a security blanket but Iíve watched a few algaes in my tank pop up and then magically go away in a day or two.
Yeah the easycarbo seems to be lower strenght than excel, when I spot dose on bba it needs several doses and days before it goes pinkish. Tank was set up in April. There's a bunch of plants though, there's still some growing in the background, got pogostemon stellatus and erectus that are slowly growing, also the bacopa compacta on the right is very slow growing. The rotala is not really growing fast compared to the sessiliflora (that needs trimming every week).
This stuff is so difficult to get right, I had algea when I set it up, had algea with and without co2 in this tank, bah.
I have 2 other tanks, nano, that I don't do much on not even with fertilizer and one of those has great growth (only green glass), the other not so good. So pretty weird. Don't mind the poor dead shrimp in the tank picture
Originally Posted by they call me bruce
Correct me if Iím wrong but phosphates are a cause of cyano, why are u adding more?
Spot treat the black beard with peroxide.
I'm adding phosphates because the all in one leaves me with zero and I assume the plants need more. I can stop with dosing that extra for a while and see the results.
I want to go to ei dosing anyway but the shop I use is out of stock for a while on the kits.