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I've been dealing with some hair algae. I just completed a 5 day black out. No co2, lights, ferts, nada. I'm turning the lights and co2 back on. Lights was a plus pro for four hours and a ray 2 for 6 hours.

I am reducing light to 4 hours, co2 on for about an hour before lights on, drop checker will be light green, about a full point of ph drop with 4 dkh water.

Should I start right back where ferts were? Was using about 1/2 tsp of kno3, and a 1/6 of k2so4 and kh2po4 in a 60 gallon aquarium
 

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Ferts or not your gonna keep getting it if you do not reduce your light intensity
You sure sure sure you need that ray 2 in there? positive?
 

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What are the dimensions of your tank? As @StrungOut suggested it may be a lighting intensity but I would think its probably a combination of light and Co2, ferts and quite possibly flow. Can you give pics, tank parameters and tank dimensions. if your at 24" high tank then the Ray2 is probably not the sole cause. I also run a ray2 on my 55gal 24"high and it puts me about 40-50 par at the substrate. When was the last time you refreshed your 4dkh fluid?

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Ferts or not your gonna keep getting it if you do not reduce your light intensity

You sure sure sure you need that ray 2 in there? positive?


Not convinced!! It was a Tim taylor moment if you will. The plus pro is a 36 inch'er


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What are the dimensions of your tank? As @StrungOut suggested it may be a lighting intensity but I would think its probably a combination of light and Co2, ferts and quite possibly flow. Can you give pics, tank parameters and tank dimensions. if your at 24" high tank then the Ray2 is probably not the sole cause. I also run a ray2 on my 55gal 24"high and it puts me about 40-50 par at the substrate. When was the last time you refreshed your 4dkh fluid?



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It is a marineland 60 so I think 24 inches high. I have a 2117 with spray bar on one end, it has the reactor. The other end has an aquatop canister. I go back and forth with this one between spray bar and no spray bar. I have a power head on a timer that comes on with the light

I think it is 48x13x24

My tap is about 3-5dkh and 4-5dgh. Our water supply comes from a river

I keep nitrate in the 5-15 ppm range and phosphate about 2

I do need to change fluid in drop checker. I don't really trust it, don't know why. I watch my fish and test ph to try to stay about 30ppm on co2

I appreciate any and all help. I read incessantly, I jump in head first, full immersion always. Patience is a struggle


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It is a marineland 60 so I think 24 inches high. I have a 2117 with spray bar on one end, it has the reactor. The other end has an aquatop canister. I go back and forth with this one between spray bar and no spray bar. I have a power head on a timer that comes on with the light

I think it is 48x13x24

My tap is about 3-5dkh and 4-5dgh. Our water supply comes from a river

I keep nitrate in the 5-15 ppm range and phosphate about 2

I do need to change fluid in drop checker. I don't really trust it, don't know why. I watch my fish and test ph to try to stay about 30ppm on co2

I appreciate any and all help. I read incessantly, I jump in head first, full immersion always. Patience is a struggle


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The struggle is real... I am the same way with patients.

Do you have any pics to get an idea of plant health and algae. Do you dose micros? I didn't see you mention this. I would try leaving the powerhead on 24/7 and can't see anything wrong with the rest other than making sure Co2 is high enough. Which would leave what @StrungOut suggested light intensity and reducing the time that both are on would probably be a good start.

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Plant health is bad partially due to being blacked out last week. I will see if I can get Photobucket to cooperate


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I'm in a little bit of a transition. Don't mind the mattenburg. I will be moving my high tech stuff to a 55 that I am in process of getting lined out. I'm trying to understand my issues here so I can maybe get a better start with the other one. This will be Val's crypts and swords with barbs plecos and my rainbow cichlids


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The Val's give an idea of flow at the top. When the powerhead comes in the rams run to a cave


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Sorry. I dose micros occasionally. I'm a little confused by what is right


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I would also trim any dying and remove dead plants, leave the powerhead 24/7, reduce the lighting intensity at least in part and try to keep things as stable as possible same light, Co2, ferts and flow. remove as much algae manually as possible and continue to trim any dying portions. Keeping it stable in all areas is key and giving it time to recover. It won't be algae free and have good plant health in a couple days but as long as you are keeping up and seeing new healthy growth your on the right track.

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Thank you!!!!! I will move the power head over so it stays on full time. I adjusted the ray to 4 hours Sunday and took the satellite off. What do you think about micros?


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Thank you!!!!! I will move the power head over so it stays on full time. I adjusted the ray to 4 hours Sunday and took the satellite off. What do you think about micros?


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CSM+B is cheap and just follow dosing for you tank size.

You can find it most places but here is one of the forum sponsors who sells it.

Plantex CSM+B | 1lb - NilocG Aquatics

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