Thanks for the responses guys!
The long Lighting exposure was most likely your problem. Unsure of the strain.
This might help read this article over, pretty thorough
As far as killing the algae, A method I swear by, take a spray bottle put in 3% Hydrogen peroxide solution and just spray the Algae covered area, plants or driftwood or fish will not be harmed as long as you don't spray them directly. It is best to do during a water change before the new water is added.
Please keep in mind this is a solution to a symptom this will not cure the root cause of the algae growth.
Do you mean remove the wood and plants or do it while still under water?
If it scrapes off, its not BBA. BBA is tough stuff that doesn't come off. Sounds like one of the many forms of algae out there. How long have you been dosing excel in this new setup? Sometimes it can take a couple weeks for things to balance out.
Have you tried adding a siesta period? This allows you to have longer photo periods without getting crazy algae blooms. A siesta period screws with the algae because it has a hard time dealing with broken photo periods.
Almost 2 weeks now at roughly 2x the regular dose. Sorry for my ignorance, but what is a siesta period?
How big is your tank? Is it excel flourish (carbon dosing) or fertiliser?
5ml is a lot. I'm pretty sure its dosed at 5ml per 250L tank once a week. I know from experience, if you over dose it casues crazy algae blooms. Also just grab yourself a timer from a hardware store for your light for about $3 so you can accurately time your photo period and not have to worry if you get caught at work.
Tank is 35 gallons, I know I'm overdosing, I guess its somewhat of an experiment considering what I've read about Excel's potential as an algecide as well as a source of carbon. The light fixture has a built in timer which I'm using now. I've started using it since getting more serious into planted aquariums.
So you would suggest cutting down on the Excel. I know I've been overdosing but plants and fish seems perfectly happy, just this fuzzy algae is exploding.
After reading an extension thread by Tom Barr on non-CO2 tanks, I'm seriously contemplating doing the following;
- Reducing my Excel dosing to the regular dose advised by Seachem,
- Start dosing with dry ferts, 1/4 tsp KNO3 and 1/8 tsp KH2PO4, both once a week,
- Do weekly top-offs for evaporated water and do a 50% water change once a month,
- Seachem trace, as indicated on bottle, twice a week,
Although I must say, some of his info is hard to read.
Anyone see this as a move in the right direction?