Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Middle Tennessee
I have a low tech tank, so with that caveat I'll share my experience with this same algae. I had an explosion of this a couple months ago and have managed to get it under control by reducing my light by about 30%, hand removal, and upping my water change schedule. The light reduction alone made a big difference. I also added more plants, which may have helped, but it looks like you already have a lot of big beautiful plants in there. I don't fertilize other than a couple root tabs, which started after this got established, and my testing parameters were stable.
From my observations, it definitely seems like light is a driving factor. I have a tall tank, and this algae will start to grow on the tips of the tallest plants, like the moneywort and temple plant. When I cut and replant them, the algae dies off. With the reduced lighting, it doesn't even begin to grow on the fore- and midground plants.
The only thing I'd say is to stay on top of it. I let it go for a while because I actually don't mind the aesthetic of a little of it on my driftwood, but it went crazy and really demanded a lot of management to reign in.
Last edited by Karley; 12-29-2020 at 03:03 PM.
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