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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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So I'm new to the whole planted tank thing, feel free to correct me and offer suggestions.

Tank size: 10 gal
Filter: marina s10 (I replaced the filter cartridges with flu val bio foam)
CO2: flourish excel 1ml per day (attempting DIY)
Ferts: flourish (twice a week), flourish potassium (twice a week)
Weekly 25% water changes
Light: 3WPG (zoo med tropic sun 5500K and aqueon full spectrum daylight)
Plants: pogostemon helferi, cryptocoryne undulata, water wisteria, dwarf hairgrass
Substrate: seachem onyx sand (I like the color)
Fish: 1 male beta, 1 oto, 2 + or - 2 ghost shrimp (beta keeps eating them)

So I've had the plants in the tank for about 3 weeks now and they are all growing well, the hairgrass is slower than the others but it is still producing green shoots. This past week algae has been slowly taking over the tank. There appears to be about 4 different types of algae, a brown algae, filament outs algae on glass and plants, a black or dark green algae on the filter pump, and a green algae on the glass that has a similar appearance to the brown algae except it's green. I'm not sure what to do but I want to act soon cause it's not too terrible at the moment. I've been thinking of doing a blackout for 3 days, but I'm concerned about the plants since they are still relatively new.

Please help

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I would suggest looking into overdosing Excel (it will only work on some algae) and cut your lightning schedule to 4-6 hours a day. Adding some fast growing stem plants OR floating plants, like duckweed, to your tank to compete with the Algae would help.

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New tank syndrome. Just went through the same thing with my 12g. I had lots of plants at first, them I trimmed, removed a lot to reshape, boom algae everywhere. Make sure you have fast growing plants and are dosing ferts correctly. Overdosing excel like JJVanier said might help or spot treat with hydrogen peroxide (h2o2). In my case h2o2 was what helped my tank go back to crystal clear, although it killed my anacharis.

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