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Algae/New Lighting

Hey, I'm kind of new at this. I have a 29 gallon and recently purchased a 55 watt bright kit. I'm also using flourish liquid fertilizer. The tank has been running with the new lighting for about a week and has recently begun having some major algae bloom. There are very large brown and green hairs of algae near the top of the tank. Is there anyway to avoid this problem? Should i try and have the light on for a limited amount of time? I'm not currently running any CO2 and have mostly swords, a matt of java fern and an anubias plant. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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A couple of questions:
1. How long is your lighting period?
2. Why don't you add CO2?
3. Is your water soft/hard?
4.What kind of substrate?
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1. I've been meaning to get a timer so that may be one of the biggest factors hurting me. Sometimes I have to work overtime here at work which means the tank is getting light from when i wake up around 7am till 10 or 11pm when i get home and go to bed.. Other times they get like 4 hours. I suppose I have to be proactive about getting a lighting timer.

2. I've been meaning to add the C02 but I was short on cash from setting up the lights and other stuff. They're actually selling a system for 40 bucks at the petshop so I'm probaly going to buy it instead of setting up one myself with a soda bottle.

3. I'm in New York City which has generally neutral to somewhat soft water out of the tap.

4. Medium small brown gravel.. the gravel is a little less than a centimeter I think.

Will I need to set up any other fertilizers(tablets for the gravel)? Will i be good with that wattage and a c02 system? I've got a couple south american cichlids in there and am doing 20% water changes weekly.. any tips? Thanks a lot for your time!
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I would recommend that you get the timer and reduce your lighting to around 8 hours a day. Plants don't need more than this, but algae sure love it.

I'd say co2 would be wise with that lighting. AH supply lights have good reflectors, so they get a good amount of light into the tank. even though this would only be ~1.9wpg, this is only a general guide. CO2 would be helpful in preventing algae. You may also need to consider ferts for this tank. What is your bioload? Do you have any test kits to test for N and P? The flourish is only trace elements. Plants need macronutrients(N, P, and K) as well. You can read more about these issues here rexgrigg.com

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2. I've been meaning to add the C02 but I was short on cash from setting up the lights and other stuff. They're actually selling a system for 40 bucks at the petshop so I'm probaly going to buy it instead of setting up one myself with a soda bottle.

If its an off-the-shelf DIY system like a hagen or something(yeast based)--don't waste your time or money. If you can't afford pressurized--then you are going to need at least 2x 2-litre bottles....




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Will I need to set up any other fertilizers(tablets for the gravel)?
May want to check out rexgrigg.com for some ferts and the dosing regime thread in the water parameters forum for EI dosing.....


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May want to check out rexgrigg.com for some ferts and the dosing regime thread in the water parameters forum for EI dosing.....

Or www.aquariumfertilzer.com, shipping's faster.
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Thanks guys, I'll definitely get some more fertilizers. And the C02 should be up and running this week.
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