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I'm having the hardest time getting the algae in my tank under control. I borderline want to just start over at this point. The tank has been up and running for about 18 months. It's a 180 gallon with a 7 hours total light cycle w Co2. Algae has been an issue for about 8 months now recently added the Co2 but there has been no improvement.
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Add some fast growing plants to out compete algae. Add a lot of nerite snails. Add several Siamese algae eaters if they are compatible with your existing fish. Plant more!! I really like the plant in the pic

. It has to be trimmed back often, but it sucks up nitrates and excess nutrients. Feed less. If possible, shorten your light period. Just some suggestions. I tossed the C02, and now I have achieved balance in my tank! It’s been up and running for years now, and all I have to do is weekly water changes. The clean-up crew takes care of everything else.







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Add some fast growing plants to out compete algae. Add a lot of nerite snails. Add several Siamese algae eaters if they are compatible with your existing fish. Plant more!! I really like the plant in the pic

. It has to be trimmed back often, but it sucks up nitrates and excess nutrients. Feed less. If possible, shorten your light period. Just some suggestions. I tossed the C02, and now I have achieved balance in my tank! It’s been up and running for years now, and all I have to do is weekly water changes. The clean-up crew takes care of everything else.







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I will try adding some plants and adding some horn nerite snails. I have about 10 oto and 4 siamese algae eaters in there already

Are you dosing any fertilizer at all? What substrate do you have?
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Are you dosing any fertilizer at all? What substrate do you have?

I use Safe-T-Sorb as my substrate and have only been using root tabs as from my understanding the plants I added are root feeders.
 

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I use Safe-T-Sorb as my substrate and have only been using root tabs as from my understanding the plants I added are root feeders.
I see some of your plants have curled leaves. From my experience that's a sign of Micro nutrient deficiency. Also, though some plants prefer to have good root nutrition they still benefit from having some nutrients in the water.

You didn't see improvement when you added CO2 because your plants are probably lacking nutrition. Are you dosing your water column at all?
 

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I see some of your plants have curled leaves. From my experience that's a sign of Micro nutrient deficiency. Also, though some plants prefer to have good root nutrition they still benefit from having some nutrients in the water.

You didn't see improvement when you added CO2 because your plants are probably lacking nutrition. Are you dosing your water column at all?
No, I haven't been, should I start dosing CSM+B, KNO3 and KH2PO4?
 
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