should I just start this one over?
I have a 10g that is supposed to be my QT for newcomers, but one day as I was thinning out the plants in my 33g I got the bright idea to 'just see what will happen' in moderate light (2x 9watts), no CO2 or fertilizer...so I planted some cuttings into the 10g. That was about 3 months ago, and I've now got a magnificent crop of beard and hair algea growing everywhere on everything. I was thinking that I could just nuke the tank, replace the substrate and go back to plastic plants, but......I really like live plants now, and I don't know if I have the stomach for plastic anymore. So, here's the question...can I get rid of the algea if I bump up the lighting and get some CO2 and ferts in there, or will I have to nuke the tank anyway? (side note: since my 33 is stocked and no one's coming or going, the 10 is free to be a world unto it's self...I have a 5g for emergencies) Thanks for your opinions.