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1st planted tank

Hello All,

I've been lurking around for awhile. I recently converted from a fish only tank to a planted aquarium. I made the changes slowly and as I could afford to.

The tank is a 30 gallon half moon.
The substrate is the same as I had, quartz sand with all different sized gravel.
The lights are desk lamps with Feit led bulbs in 5000k 700 lumens x 2 and ebay eco something 24 inch 6500k 1800 lumens.
Api hob filter.
Green machine sterilizer.
Paint ball co2 2 bubbles per second.
Api leaf zone ferts.
Livestock are 19 neons, 9 rasbora het, 4 ottos, 1 bushynose pleco, 2 kuhli loaches, and red cherry shrimp x ?
All water parameters are good 0 0 20.

Plants are going insane, growing up. I have 2 questions though.

How to get rid of black beard algea?
Should I use different/more ferts other than leaf zone?

Thanks for any information in advance.
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Black beard algae -

Spot treat with Excel or hydrogen peroxide as needed. Work on CO2 level stability. Possibly lower light levels. Read several of the sites in the algae forum sticky post.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=137368


Leaf zone is a fairly basic fertilizer aimed at the nutrients generally not provided by fish waste in any tank. There's lots of other fertilization options out there.. look at PPS-Pro and/or Estimative Index methods, they're the most popular and simple to deal with. Most folks with injected CO2 are doing EI.

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BBA is hard to get rid of. Its a light/co2 defencency and pottasiu. If you add potassium and turn down the lighting period it should go away.

How long do you keep your lights on? 8 Hours is always plenty enough. I keep mine on a timer from 2PM to 11PM so I can enjoy them at night and they get a little daylight. I had it in my 10 gallon and adjusting co2, light, and ferts killed it off. Good luck!


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