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Question huge algae breakout while cycaling..what can i do?

iam cycaling my 55 gal and it is almost cycaled ammonia 0ppm nitrites at 1.0 ppm.in the past 2 weeks i had a huge algae problem it is every where i think there is about 2 types of algae in there right now it is every where on the glass on the java fern and on my powerhead.it is going to be for my rcs's when they start breeding iam going to put the babies from my 10 gal in the 55 gal to start a colony.so right now i have no algae eaters in there at all right now and its been well over a month since its been set up...so how can i get rid of all all this algae i would leave it alone until i have baby rcs to put in there so they can eat it but it is getting realy bad...thank you guys ((pics below of the infestation)) ps: i have only a single tube flouresent 40 watt bulb on it right now and just one bottle of diy co2

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I seeded my tank with an older filter pad...and rapidly sped up the cycle


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I used one of my old micro filters once. It took a while but I filtered most of the water. I just took off the reservoir and let the water go back in the tank. I had to clean the filter a couple of times while doing it. Then Once I got done, I did a complete blackout with a blanket for three days. It's a little labor intensive but it did the trick for me.
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so a black out will do it? will it hurt my java fern at all?
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Too many nutrients and not enough plants sounds like the easy answer. Just by looking at your plants, there are not too many nutrient eaters in there. 55 gallons is a lot of water to keep algae free without a lot of plants and CO2 IMO.

Is the GH/KH high in LV?


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i dont know never tested the water right out of the tap
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so a black out will do it? will it hurt my java fern at all?
I've heard mixed reviews. For some, the blackout works in conjuction with a water change; mine didn't clear up. Then I remembered my old micro filter. I pumped the *$&%^ out of the water, then did a three day blackout and bam, all gone. I followed that up with shorter light cycles for a while to make sure. My other plants toughed it out and out competed the algae for nutrients. I think what really helped me was like the other poster said, I had eel grass (Vals.) in the tank. They grow very fast and soak up a bunch of nutrients. Algae like any other plant requires nutrients (fish poop, etc.) and light. If your other plants can use up the nutrients faster than the algae can and then you stress it even further with no photosynthesis (light), it dies. That's the theory anyway. A blackout alone may help but it might not be enough. Try it and see.
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I've heard mixed reviews. For some, the blackout works in conjuction with a water change; mine didn't clear up. Then I remembered my old micro filter. I pumped the *$&%^ out of the water, then did a three day blackout and bam, all gone. I followed that up with shorter light cycles for a while to make sure. My other plants toughed it out and out competed the algae for nutrients. I think what really helped me was like the other poster said, I had eel grass (Vals.) in the tank. They grow very fast and soak up a bunch of nutrients. Algae like any other plant requires nutrients (fish poop, etc.) and light. If your other plants can use up the nutrients faster than the algae can and then you stress it even further with no photosynthesis (light), it dies. That's the theory anyway. A blackout alone may help but it might not be enough. Try it and see.
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Thats a spendy filter to use for an aquarium. Lots of way way cheaper options out there that wouldn't involve pumping forever at 1 liter per minute...

Also, they are only good to about 200 gallons then need to have the cartridge replaced.
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