Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: philadelphia, pa
a correctly set up, and working, filter isn't going to do a thing for algae control. Sure, perhaps there are some types of bacteria that'll feed on algae spores. but the ones we're really concerned about are part of the nitrate cycle.
This tank has WAY too much light, no CO2, and no Ferts.
the algae is out competing the plants for nutrients because they're lacking enough resources themselves to grow quickly enough to out compete the algae.
A remedy might be to go dark for a few days. turn off your lights completely. leave the tank alone. the fish will be fine for a few days w/o food, and the plants w/o light. after around 72 hours turn one of the fixtures on, dim it if possible, and run less than 8 hours/day.
get yourself a co2 system and a fert regiment down. when you go high light you need co2 and ferts. with highlights, co2, and ferts you should see less algae and more plant growth. I have things that'll grow an inch a day.
you may have plants that have a high light demand, but they won't grow without enough co2 or ferts to do so. when that happens the algae take over.
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