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I'm trying to compete against algae growth with some fast growing plants in my low tech tank. Suggestions please. I have floramax substrate, dosing seachem excel, and lighting is 2 48" t5ho 6700k bulbs (6hrs a day)
 

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water sprite grows very quickly and I have always liked the way it looks. dwarf water lettuce also grows extremely fast and blocks any extra light going into your tank which might help your algae problems.
 

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+1 on the water sprite, and water wisteria (very closely related), I had a terrible algae problem in my low tech and once these babies took off they are quite minimal now...I also got 2 rubber lip Plecostumous and they are the best custodians, also I use API co2 booster (excel, essentially) and a venerated member of this forum said a double dose is fine on a daily basis, and even 5x or more is safe with fish to help establish healthy co2 levels. The recommended 1ml per 10gallons is incredibly low, the double dose helped my problem a lot.


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Thank you all. My parameters are fine and I have an all star clean up crew with nerite snails and oto cats as well as a bushy nose Pleco, so all I can conclude is there's more nutrients than the plants can handle so algae is growing so I will look into your suggested plants
 

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Thank you all. My parameters are fine and I have an all star clean up crew with nerite snails and oto cats as well as a bushy nose Pleco, so all I can conclude is there's more nutrients than the plants can handle so algae is growing so I will look into your suggested plants
Excess nutrients don't cause algae. Lighting and improper co2 cause algae. Your light may be to strong for just liquid co2. U should raise the light or dim it with screen.
 

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Excess nutrients don't cause algae. Lighting and improper co2 cause algae. Your light may be to strong for just liquid co2. U should raise the light or dim it with screen.

+1 I thought this was the case so I asked that ? Because this thread confused me, I thought more nutes in the water column helped algae problems a lot of the time...so I asked here...
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=600826

OP check it out, there's some links on there that might help you solve your algae problems without cutting back your plants nutes :)


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Y'all are life savers... I'm gonna show this bba whose boss
 

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Y'all are life savers... I'm gonna show this bba whose boss

No problem...I'm new to the site, but in the short period of time that I've been here, my tank has transformed, and I have learned more than I could put down in a thread! That's for sure. Such an amazing resource.


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