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I have reviewed threads on hair algae and staghorn algae, but from the pictures neither of those look to be what I have. So I am submitting these photos to get the ideas of other forum members to help diagnose my issue.

Tank specs: 55g tall, 2x65w 10K run for 8hrs, pressurized CO2 with drop checker showing green, no ferts being added...only root tabs used.

Currently I have only 1 bulb in the light fixture turned on and my co2 bottle is empty. I was hoping that cutting off the co2 and dropping the light output would help to curb this algae outbreak, but it seems bound to take over.

Weekly 10% water changes using tap water and I manually remove as much as I can of the stuff. A week later and it's full blown.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.



 

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I certainly appreciate the advice so far. I picked up some RO water today as I thought that it's possible the tap water could be adding to the problem. I will likely continue with tap water unless I can prove the tap has unwanted components (ie high phosphates).

I believe that removing the decor/plants and going through a bleach bath might be a worthwhile course of action. I plan on doing a water change tonight and will remove as much manually as I can. Then over the weekend proceed with the bleach bath. The algae seems to be primarily on my holey rock and java fern. So removing the large wood and rock are necessary.

I will also look into getting ferts so that I can begin a dosing regime. I have researched quite a bit on the topic, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
 

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Excellent. And yes, the substrate is flourite black.

Hopefully soon I will be able to post updated pictures of an algae free tank.
 
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