Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Union, New Jersey
alright.. I need help (algae and ferts)
ok so I have an outbreak of this brown hair cotton ball like algae which is covering some of the more fragile plants and preventing sufficient light to reach them. I've heard this algae is due to poor water quality. My tank is ooooo 1.5 months old it's 29g, 150 watt halide (hung high up w/ short photoperoid). Here's the deal I just started my c02 like last week. I have it running into a powerhead and just hooked up a second bottle. I get a lot of co2 in there, it's quite effective. Now for my question I'm putting aquariumplants total pellets in the substrate once a month but not dosing any liquid ferts or anything like that. I'm trying not to but is it inevitable? It's heavily planted, HC and the Cabomba I have in there are the main victims. What do you guys think? If ferts are necessary; what kind/brand/how often? Are substrate pellets and adequate co2 enough? How do I get rid of the existing algae? I have shrimp, otis, and have been using a tooth brush to kind of brush it off. Thanks for any help.
Also I'd like to post a picture or two for everybody but not sure how. Thanks