Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Any gritty stuff like the fertilizers or salt can work well on glass.
Drain the tank, dampen a cloth and pick up some of the material and start scrubbing. It is both a reaction (any of these materials will dry out the algae) and physical (the grittines scrubs it away).
Rinse well and go on to the next phase.
Bleach works fine, too, and might be better getting into the tight spots in the filter. (If you had saved the filter)
You will need to do a new cycle on the new set up.
You can look into the fishless cycle, and you can add the right species of bacteria. Look for Nitrospira. Any other type of 'cycle in a bottle' has the wrong species of bacteria. This will cycle the tank right away, and you can add an algae crew pretty fast. Feed them, of course, there will not be any algae at first.
Dips for plants are more tricky. The dip needs to be strong enough to kill the algae without killing the plant.
Do a search about the following materials. Pay attention to the safety tips as well as the dose and duration:
Bleach (usually a 19 parts water to 1 part bleach, dip for 30 seconds to 1 minute, rinse with double dose of dechlor in the rinse water)
An algaecide that is listed for ponds or aquariums and specifies that it is fish and plant safe.