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Old 20-08-2003, 01:02 PM
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Default Algae Algae Algae

My plants always doing well, they grow 1 inch a day or so. About increasing
CO2 impossible. I'm using 2 Hagen CO2 systems. They both provide 1
bubble in 2-3 sec. I used to use Seachem Flourish but then stopped. I've
been fighting with my algae for the past 6 month. Everytime I try something
new (more water changes, less/more light, adding more fast growing plants,
less food, etc) just can't get the right balance. For more info please
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6 Cardinals
6 Otocinclus
3 Angels
3 Cory's (Bandit, Bronze, Blochi)
2 Perl 2 Red Dwarf Gourami's
1 Bristlenose

"LeighMo" wrote in message
OMG. That photo reminds me of "Creepshow," the segment where the alien

stuff grows all over Stephen King. g

I keep my light 8-10 hours a day.

You should have the lights on 10-14 hours a day. Most plants are

tropical, and
eight hours a day of light isn't enough. Put the lights on a timer, it's


Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20, CO2 5-10, Tank size 65G.

Can you get your CO2 higher? Somewhere between 20 and 30 would be good.

do you fertilize? Also, what kind of plants do you have? You need some

growers to suck up the nutrients.

If this were my tank, here's what I'd do. Put all the lights back on.

over 65 gallons isn't that much, especially considering how deep a 65

tank is. Put the lights on a timer, so they're on 12 hours a day.

CO2 to 25 ppm, or thereabouts. Fertilize with a complete fertilizer, such

Tropica Mastergrow or Seachem Flourish. Add some fast-growing stem

like Hygrophila, water sprite, etc. And add some algae-eating critters to

tank - true SAEs, snails, Amano shrimp, or something like that.

In the long run, trying to starve the algae (of light or nutrients)

work in a planted tank. Because plants need the same things algae does.
Instead, try to give the plants everything they need to grow. If the

are doing well, the algae will go away.