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I seem to have a major algae problem! These annoying hair like algae really took off in the last few days. I saw the beginnings of them in about 4 days ago and they really just took over the whole tank. What happened? What can I do to get rid of them?

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So what's the fix. I have had this twice in my tank. What's off? Sorry not jacking your thread. I'm curious myself. No one has told me what the cause is either.
 

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Asking how to cure algae is like walking into a gym and asking how to get big. Fifty different ideas to the same ends

For that specific picture I'd do this

Take a dowel rod wood and insert it into the tank among the algae strands and twist it all up to rip most of the strands out, take time to do all of it.

Dose 1 mil of peroxide 3% per ten gallons of water once a day for a week. If it comes back try option number two which is anything else or get into the peroxide threads and max the dose. This doesn't hurt your filter bacteria or massive recycling tanks would be in the threads. P is just dandy for algae control.

This way may not be preferable to some, and neither are military presses lol. The reason I wouldn't use other methods is because this works for me and my delts are stacked and tank is free of algae.
 

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What kind of light do you have? whats your photoperiod? Are you using co2? are you dosing ferts? 95 times out of a 100 this happens from lighting or co2.
 

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Info on my tank:
My planted 5g tanks levels are: pH:6.5, Ammonia,NO2-,NO3- 0ppm. KH=1dKH, GH=2dGH, water temp 76F.
These values practically match my tap water levels; pH is a touch lower in the tank. Fluval plant stratum. Plants (cabomba, anubias and some micro swords) added around 3 weeks ago. A few bladder snails that came with the plants. Introduced a male betta a week ago.
I don't know what my CO2 levels are; I don't have a CO2 setup and I'm not dosing. 6 hour photocycle with fugeray planted+.
 

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A little over 4 weeks. How do I raise my kH? and to what range? 6ish?
Baking soda can raise your kh. I think your light and no co2 is the problem. If it was me, I'd raise the light or dim it. Screen works good for dimming. Liquid co2 like excel or api co2 booster help with algae control also it will help your plants grow and out compete the algae. Start with adjusting light intensity and adding another source of co2.
 

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Algae problems r almost always connected with simillar issues.too much light (intensity and time period), not enough nutritiens for a good plants growth(dosing and distributing problems),excess of waste (ammonia) in the tank.it's closed ecology system where plants need to outcompete algae, that's why need the supert for it. Housholde ammonia dosing in a planted tank is causing this kind of algae for instance. So I would put floating plants,get less light,more co2 and fertilisers,check the flow for a good distribution and do waterchanges every week at least 50% regularly. There is lots of great info on UKAPS on this topic. Check it out too. If no improvement in three weeks, I'd be surprised.good luck


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