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What am I doing wronge?

What am I doing wronge? My tank is infested with algae. I'm not sure what kind but it's white and stringy like spider webs. My java moss is infested with brown gunk.

My tank is a ten gallon. I have DIY co2, with a hagen bubble ladder. As of now I'm getting a stable 10 bubbles per minute, I'm also doseing everyday with excel. I have a 40 watt powercompact light w/duel daylight bulb, and I do 50% water changes a week. My filter is a Hagen mini, and I'm using a sponge and bio rings in it. I'm also using flourite for a substrate, and my lights are on 10 hours a day.

My fern, and rotala are doing good but my crispus's has few leaves that are turning brown. It's mainly the finer leaved plants that are getting attacted by algae.

When I turn my lights out the plants seem to do better. When I turn the light on thier all reaching upward, what is this?

Any advice or comments?
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Way to much light young man....cut it in half, Intensity and duration until you gain a better understanding of aquaria with high light.

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Ok I'm gonna cut the duration to 5 hours a day, should I discard the PC and go with a less wattage light?
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I am not sure.. Could it possibly be that you spelled wrong with a "e" twice?

Seriously though.. Cut back on the amount of time the lights are on...

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I am not sure.. Could it possibly be that you spelled wrong with a "e" twice?

Seriously though.. Cut back on the amount of time the lights are on...
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Are you adding any fertilizer to the tank? Plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and an assortment of micro-nutrients.
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I am not sure.. Could it possibly be that you spelled wrong with a "e" twice?
What does that have to do with anything?

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You know, you could tell what he meant so lighten up buddy. For all we know, English could be his second language.
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I have almost the whole seachem line. I have nitrogen, potassium, trace, flourish, excel, and iron. I have'nt used anything but the excel because I don't know how much or often to dose.

I'm realy pulling my hair out over this, I'm to the point I'm thinking of going low tech till I get better.

Could the algae be from co2 escaping out of the tank to quickly? My filter does alot of splashing so I try to keep the tank as full as possible.

Also my light have been out for 2 hours and all my plant's are reaching upward what does this mean?
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Ok I'm gonna cut the duration to 5 hours a day, should I discard the PC and go with a less wattage light?
You could try to raise the lights, or get some floaters.

Throw out the badly infested, and get some green stuff to stuff your tank.

You can find lots of free stuff on swap.

CO2, CO2, CO2! is it getting mixed well????

Oh, and if you have a few fish in the ten, you might not need ferts.

and, is this a new tank? any ammonia readings?

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Thx everyone, I think I'm gonna go low tech until I get a better grasp things. Then upgrade the lighting once I'm ready.

This 10 gallon was just a exparament untill I can get a larger tank. My next tank will be High tech with a fully auto co2 system.
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You're still going to want to dose something beside Excel. If you have a change of heart, and decide to stick with what you've got, try this:

Macros three times weekly:
1.5mL Flourish Nitrogen
5mL Flourish Phosphorus
1.5mL Flourish Patoassium

Micros other 3 days:
2mL Flourish
2mL Flourish Iron

Don't dose anything the day before your water change (stay at 50% weekly). I don't think you need to cut your photoperiod in half.

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This 10 gallon was just a exparament untill I can get a larger tank.

The smaller tank is harder to keep in balance!

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Dump the ladder and feed your CO2 line into a small powerhead and let that spray the CO2 bubbles around the tank. Also, take some time and do some reading in the fertilizer section of this forum, and you will gain a better understanding of the fert thing. Those HOB filters are bad for letting CO2 escape....try putting something in front of the outflow area of the filter to keep the surface turbulance to a minimum. Good luck !!
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