I read a lot of posts and asked a lot of questions. Posts that had something to do with questions I had, like you could start with algae.
An algae bloom indicates that there's something out of whack with one or several things in the tank. Mostly the plants have to be growing well. They could be getting too much light, which ime stops them from growing. Possibly they're not getting enough fertilizers. I use a modified IE for my low tech tank. With a high tech tank, you can use the full IE because the plants will grow faster because of the CO2 with the proper light. good water circulation in the tank is also important because it moves the fertilized water around the plant leaves and moves off what they need to get rid of.
But you've probably read all this yourself. As I read once, I think there is a balance in the tank of light, fertilizers, and CO2. Forgive me if I'm missing anything.
So just as a parting piece of info, and I hope this all is helpful, it's not the algae that you have to get rid of, you need to grow the plants and provide the necessary conditions for growth. Then the algae will go away. Right now the conditions are good for growing algae.
MY TANK: Planted 10g; 2 x 10W CFL; Fluval U2 internal filter; MGOCPM/black sand cap
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started April 18, 2012