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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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converting malawi tank

I am converting my malawi tank to a planted tank.The tank has a natural stone wall made out of sliced granite witch is still covered in some places with dried algea.Will this algea affect my planted tank when I start up my planted tank in it?
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I think it will be fine I just converted my brackish tank to a freshwater planted. I used no chemicals I just drained it, switched the sand out for Eco complete and added plants and nerites after a week. Everything seems good I have a bala shark In it now it's been a month and he is good. I have no algae

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Some algae is quite persistent at recovering, even when it seems dead and dried out. Algae spores will find the tank anyway, but you might slow the recovery of the algae by removing the old stuff.

Algae that is dead will rot. This may contribute to the ammonia you need to cycle the tank, if you need to. If your tank/filter is already cycled then the current bacteria population may be able to handle some extra ammonia.

I like to start with a clean slate, and I usually remove old algae. New stuff grows pretty fast, though, so the tank is not algae-free for long.
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