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No, keep the light. Either start dosing, mega-dosing Excel OR....a cheaper route...

Get yourself some peroxide. I too have had a time with Staghorn...and in a 10g tank I triple dosed the Excel...cured the problem. I tried the same in my 40 but didn't dose as much because I had plants in there that Excel effects.

Get some peroxide...get yourself a 5ml syringe and directly spot treat the Staghorn. You'll see start bubbling some really fine micro-bubbles, then just walk off and forget about it. The next day, it'll be gone. I just did this yesterday myself...it works.

I'd say to do a 50% water change every week if you're dosing high amounts of ferts or have a lot of fish...feed a lot...etc. I've got 78w of T5-HO lighting on my 40 gallon breeder...with DIY Co2...which does not touch Staghorn algae. I'm doing 3 2-liter bottles that pound off the bubbles...one to a powerhead and the other two feed a difusor.

Invest in peroxide.

I just re-read your post. Treat it all with peroxide again. Do the water changes like I said, 50% a week. Seems like you don't have your ferts right if Flourish is all you're dosing...and I don't think you have too much light. I personally think that Staghorn is fed by nitrAtes...so water changes are a must...
 

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Well, I'm lazy and I don't do water changes like I should. I used Excel to get rid of it in my smaller tank which is where I had been having the best plant growth and had clippings that I'd offered for sale. These were clean, free and clear of staghorn.

My bigger tank however is a different story. And it's not over-run with staghorn...I just have always had a small patch right up at the front of my tank that has grown this crap. It's directly in the path of the outflow of my filter, which is a C360 with an additional powerhead on the outlet...flow is rather strong and well. I've found a lot of it sucked up to my filter's intake but it's never removed all of it from my tank. Peroxide knocked it out the box...and so far I've not noticed any ill effects to the other plants in my tank from it. Maybe use the peroxide and then the next day or so do a water change? I'm not sure of it either...I just know it killed it down, thank God.

Until I get my big tank free and clear of it, the clippings won't be offered from that tank. I actually think that these PITA algae's exist in everyone's tank...what actually causes them to outbreak, I haven't figured out. But I have figured out how to control them...and probably water changes would cure the problem completely.
 
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