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So.. my 75 is crashing now..

I fixed the water temp issue by raising the lighting 4" over the surface of the water, and adding a fan to give a nice breeze over it. The water temp stays constant at 73-75ish..

Now unfortunately, since about Thursday the tank's started crashing. I'm getting brown algae over everything, and its coating the plants, and the plants are dying off because of the algae. I had some tremendous growth last week,and about Thursday it all came to a halt.

What did I screw up? I've never had a severe algae bloom before
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Most new setups go through algae blooms. Nothing too exciting, just wait it out. The more light you have, the worse it gets. I start my tanks with relatively low light to keep things under control.

If the photo in your blog is what your tank looks like, then it is lacking some serious plant mass. The more plants, the quicker things balance out.


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It is the strangest thing also. It seems to pick and choose what tank the brown algae wants to grown in.
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So.. my 75 is crashing now.. I had some tremendous growth last week,and about Thursday it all came to a halt.
What did I screw up? I've never had a severe algae bloom before
maybe a fish died and it's carcass is somewhere hidden but meanwhile it's fouling the water.

maybe your filter|tubing water flow is obstructed by too much debris and needs to be rinsed out.


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It is the strangest thing also. It seems to pick and choose what tank the brown algae wants to grown in.
Yeah it's a government coverup... Get it? brown colored, government, coverup... LOL
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So.. my 75 is crashing now..
Sorry but did I miss something? Are you dosing? Adding CO2? What kind of Substrate?

Bottom line is when plants stop growing something is lacking. Your mission is to figure out what.

Algae can grow just about anywhere. You need your plants to grow. The more HEALTHY plant growth that you have - generally - the less algae you will have.
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Sorry but did I miss something? Are you dosing? Adding CO2? What kind of Substrate?

Bottom line is when plants stop growing something is lacking. Your mission is to figure out what.

Algae can grow just about anywhere. You need your plants to grow. The more HEALTHY plant growth that you have - generally - the less algae you will have.
I'm dosing plantex+b, kno3, and flourish trace.

Pressurized CO2, with a rex grig reactor, shultz aquatic soil for substrate.

The tank is only 2 weeks old. My well established 29 has no issues with algae at all.



I'm going to cut the lighting in half for a week or two. right now i have 4x65w CF's over it.
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You don't have very much plant mass in there. I would get some more fast growing stems and cut the lights down to 2x65 and only 6 hours or so to let the plants get established.

You list dosing plantex+b and flourish trace, not sure why you would do both?
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Where's your PO4? Are you getting enough K?

Do lots of water changes, check CO2 levels, and dose everything your plants need.

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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You don't have very much plant mass in there. I would get some more fast growing stems and cut the lights down to 2x65 and only 6 hours or so to let the plants get established.

You list dosing plantex+b and flourish trace, not sure why you would do both?
Plantex+B is macro's no? trace is trace elements, no? I was always under the impression that they are differnt things. Standard flourish is differnt, i know.
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Ditto what Mr B said. Make sure your getting enough potassium, nitrates and phosphates. Add a BIG bunch of Hygro. I do on all my new tanks. It really helps to keep nutrients in check until things settle down. The more the better. IMO.

Make sure you're getting enough CO2. That's always the first place I look.
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Make sure you're getting enough CO2. That's always the first place I look.
I need to go buy some new test kits, i don't really think mine are reliable anymore. They may be, but i'm not confident they are. I know the CO2 is giving 50-60 bubbles per minute out of the bubble counter. Its going into a reactor that Rex made, and nothing is escaping as far as I can see.
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trace is water with minerals
plantex +b is micro nutrients
you aren't dosing macros yet.
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trace is water with minerals
plantex +b is micro nutrients
you aren't dosing macros yet.
then just what are macros? i was told to dose plantex for that.....
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Macros are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Most commonly dosed as nitrates, phosphates and potassium.
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