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Starting over?

Hello, for the past month or so I have been fighting thread algae, hair algae and fuzz. My tank started out fine, I bought a piece of cr*p plant from petsmart ( never do that again ) and I think that's were the algae was introduced. I would like start over, but I do not want to start the whole tank again. I plan to buy new plants and take out the old ones. So here are the questions. How do I clean the gravel, driftwood, and filter with out killing all beneficial bacteria to get all the algae spores? What plants should I start out with to prevent this from happening again ( pics)? How do I clean my new plants to not let this happen? H202? Bleach?
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Algae is everywhere. There's no point in 'cleaning' everything, diseases are another matter.

Physically remove as much algae as you can, fix the amount light, nutrients and co2. That's how you put algae under control.


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Algae is everywhere. There's no point in 'cleaning' everything, diseases are another matter.

Physically remove as much algae as you can, fix the amount light, nutrients and co2. That's how you put algae under control.
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If you initially think that the algae is due to being introduced then you have a lot to learn about lighting and nutrients. Introduced aglae to a stable aquarium wouldn't thrive. There are many many posts on this. Try the water perameters section.

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+2 The algae won't get started by introducing a plant from any pet store with algae on it. Like the others said, something else caused the algae to thrive. You need to check all the components of the tank and make sure you have a balance between light, co2, and nutrients. What kind of light? How many watts? How long are lights on? Do you fertilize? Do you use DIY or pressurized co2? These are all questions that need to be answered before we can say were the algae is coming from or should I say, what element or elements of your planted tank is not in balance with the rest causing the algae to thrive.

Save yourself and don't start over. Just find and fix the source to the algae problem. You can bleach the tank until you can't breathe from fumes but if you set up everything the same with just new plants and start over, in time the algae with just settle in and thrive again since nothing as far as light, co2, and nutrients was changed.

Looking forward to hear more about your tank and situation.

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Thanks guys, sorry for the little rant. I am going to take your advice I have a diy co2 that is very good, I took it out a while ago ( now I am thinking that this is why the algae ), So should I hook it back up? Any other problems with the setup (below)

tank-15 gallon
lighting-30 watt
filter-aquaclear 20gallon
heater-75* rated 20 gallon
substrate- flourite 1.5 inch
inhabitants-5 white clouds, zebra snail, hill stream loach
water peramiters- good
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Read up on nutrients, lights and co2.

if you don't want to add CO2, lower your lights. I don't know what bulb you're using or how long you leave it on for. Those factors are important. And I'm assuming you're not adding nutrients either.


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