Originally Posted by o snap its eric
tom, its basically impossible for me to do a real blackout due to the position of my tank and how its placed. Dosing excel in a 60g, would that be wise, more importantly cost smart? Since my tank is a larger tank, would upping the CO2 work just as good?
Why would it ever be impossible to do a blackout?
A plastic bag(or 2-3 layers worth) and turning the light out will suffice in all cases I've ever seen.........a little tape etc.
The Gloss will get leggy, but it's leggy already in the pics.......so they would need trimmed soon anyway.
Excel can be had, at least in our club, for about 20$ a gallon, so for 5 months or so.........20$.
That's if you used it daily, I'm just talking for this issue for now till things clear up and the plants grow in a bit and then you tweak the CO2 some.
Upping the CO2 often does not work on the algae that is there............but it is the long term cure, upping CO2 might work for many cases, particularly if they are mild and directly CO2 induced..........which many, most are.
Try that and see, the method I suggest is more aggressive and uses that + Excel, + Blackout, + large water changes. You might try this w/o the blackout also. I know this species of algae is very susceptible to blackouts though.