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Possible to Nuke tank to rid algae

I have a pretty bad algae problem that has been discussed in the algae subforum.

Tried high CO2, excel dosing, direct excel application, fertilization, black outs. All over the last couple of months. The crap is all over everything and won't be rid of.

So I am wondering how recoverable is this if I break it down.

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Remove everything, get rid of rocks I fou d out are not inert. Place ADA soil in several buckets and do a bleach mix rinse and then rinse several times. All my plants I will get rid of as I have few but a large carpet of HC that has the algae all intertwined with it. Scrub down and rinse thoroughly all equipment.

I started off with this tank using tap water and the. Switched to RO later. So I will get a fresh start with RO. Find a trusted source for HC and then dip it before introduction. I was not diligent about this before and probably got some of my algae this way and definitely the small snails.

Anyhow sorry to drag this out. Would really love some input from some of the vets like Hoppy and Tom Barr.
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You could do this easier. As long as you take all the livestock out of the tank. Just hit it with hydrogen pyroxide. It will basically kill all the algae if you dose it high enough, just don't do this with any fish or other livestock in the tank. Much less agressive then bleaching and it will gas off in a day maybe 2.
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What kind of algae eaters do you have in your tank and do you have enough? Any Oto's or Amano shrimp?
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How's the hydrogen peroxide method work?
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try a blackout

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Been there done that.

I read up in the peroxide method.

Preferably I would like to figure out the right amount to add that would kill the snails as well.
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maybe you should address the cause of the algae first...
if every day i stub my toe on a stool
cutting off my toe and placing a new one on it would not solve the problem of me stubbing my toe, with all of the change you have had in the last couple of months it has probably been difficult for your tank to stabilize itself

my 55g tank had a 2 month algae stage but once the plants become established well enough the algaes subsided, it never goes away completely but it becomes minimalized

I think your full frontal attack may be a bit harsh, and you would be completely restarting from what it sounds like

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In doing this you are aware that now you may have to cycle the tank again too.

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I'm trying to keep that tiny amount out.

My other planted tank has 0 algae issues where as this one does. Regular water changes with RO water with 0ppm. lowered the amount of hours of light, kept my CO2 running 24/7 so I have no fluctuations. Ada soil. Dosing fertilizer mix.

I feed the fish and shrimp a tiny amount no more than once a week.

It's all over the hoses, heater, thermometer, rocks. There is also some other type entangled up in all the HC.
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Algae Problem

Hello efface. There is a very extreme method of algae control, but I hesitate recommending it until all other means have been exhausted. Have you tried just planting more stem plants in the tank? I used to have an algae problem, but I planted the following: Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Rotala, Ludwigia and Pennywort in my tanks.

It took some time, but with frequent and large water changes and plant growth, the algae just died back. I haven't had a problem since.

Now, the extreme method is to use Cidex. It's an undustrial form of carbon that's toxic to the more primitive plants like algae. It contain 2.4 percent "Gluteraldehyde". The problem with using it, is the stuff can also be toxic to ferns, mosses and some varieties of Vallisneria.

I used Cidex for a few weeks some time ago in one of my tanks and it killed the algae and my Corkscrew Vals and damaged my Java fern and Singapore moss. I stopped dosing, but the ferns and mosses have come back a little differently. If you decide to look into Cidex, make sure if the activator comes with the order, throw the activator away.

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