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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-29-2002, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody no how to get rid of the stuff?!?!?! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE
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brush algae not hair algae....
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Tell us more about your setup.
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Heavily/Moderately Planted?

If plants are growing well, and algae is still prolific, it is likely that your light and nutrient levels exceed your CO2 levels. Either increase CO2 or decrease light/nutrient levels. It's a delicate balance, but once achieved, it is not difficult to maintain. Answer back and we can give you more specific guidance.

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I have some hair algae in my tank - only fine 3-4mm ones. But also several tufts of the nasty black brush algae.

Heck, I have quite a bit of algae in my tank period. Didn't have a problem a couple weeks ago when snails were in my tank - but the Clown Loach took care of that nuisance.

Tank Size - 20 gal high
Lighting - 2x22watt CF 5000K
CO2 - no
Planted - moderately - 5 red asian Vals (each have a large runner now too), 2 Anubias, two red tiger lotus (not doing so well), and three dwarf sags.

Fish - 4 Ottos, 1 Siamese Algae Eater, 3 Mollies, 1 Clown Loach

The SAE is doing a pretty good job munching a lot of the hair algae and the Ottos clean up a good deal of the sides and plants. But I think they are filling up on the smorgasbord and can't eat any more.

I was thinking of adding some bigger snails and let the clown take care of any spawn.

This is my first planted tank so it is largely a test one for me. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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