Quick SetUp Info: 24 gallon cube, CO2 @ 2bps, Finnex Ray2 and Planted Plus lights at 8hrs a day, 1/2 dose of THRIVE liquid ferts twice a week, NILOC clay macro tabs under rooted plants. Fully planted tank, water is zero ammonia/nitrites and 5-10 ppm nitrates. NOTE: current problem began BEFORE I added the Planted Plus in the back half of the aquarium for the taller plants. Also, I have 3 nerite snails, two CoryCats and three Amano shrimp in there...none of them seem at all interested in helping out with this stuff!
I battled cotton candy-like brown algae for months, began dosing Excel and it disappeared within two weeks. BUT...it was replaced by this threat algae that appears on the tips and edges of plant leaves. I'll clean it off and its back the next day, if I miss a day it can grow to six or so inches within a couple of days. If I had to leave for a few days it would quickly be a significant problem. I do a 50% water change every Saturday, dose 2ml of Excel at that time and then 1ml a day after that...I believe that is conservative dosing.
Any ideas of what causes this particular type of algae?
pics or description of the algae to diagnose?