I used to have a great planted tank, but can't keep algae away now...
I had a successful tank for a couple years, but at some point I was away too much for work and let it go to crap.. When I resurrected it, I made some changes and ever since I cannot keep algae of virtually every type from growing like mad. My tank is a 46g bowfront with pressurized co2, an inline reactor.
Originally I had red fluorite, and a Coralife fluorescent 6700/10000K fixture, and I used regular tap water for weekly 50% water changes. For my new setup I switched to black fluorite, a 36" BLM 6300K Dutch LED fixture, and I installed an RO system with a 50g tank for weekly 50% water changes (50/50 RO & tap). I started out with simple stem plants, which grew very well, but so did algae of all types. I have tore down the tank several times to clean and reset it, but I still grow tons of algae now... I haven't changed my ferts or anything else so I'm trying to narrow down what the problem could be... I suspect that my LED fixture may be giving me too much WPG, so I have ordered a dimmer. Any thoughts or tips? The tank is empty, cleaned and ready to start up again once I get my dimmer installed...
Has anybody had bad results with black fluorite?
46g bowfront, BML 6300K, Black fluorite, Filstar XP3, pressurized Co2, Milwaukee reg & SMS122, AM 1000
5g 36W 6700K, flourite, ZooMed 501, DIY Hagen Co2 & bubble ladder
Last edited by otter; 08-18-2016 at 11:22 PM.