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Old 20-08-2003, 01:42 PM
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Default Algae Algae Algae

The tank is not heavy planted only half of it is planted. About the light,
it is a big difference about 2.2wpg on 29G and 65G. When you get 2.2wpg on
65G is the same as 3.2 on 29G. The tank is very bright with 144wpg. Also
it all depends on bulbs. For example my 2 40W Plant gro bulbs (red) = 1 32W
white bulb. I can definitely say that 1 32W bulb is way brighter than 2
Plant Gro 80W (red) bulbs.

"LeighMo" wrote in message
My plants always doing well, they grow 1 inch a day or so.

How many do you have? If you're having algae problems, your tank should

full of plants -- at least 90% of the bottom planted, mostly with

Once the algae is under control, you can start thinning the plants and
switching to slower growers.

Can you post a photo of your whole tank, so we can get an idea of how how

plants you have, and what kind?

About increasing
CO2 impossible. I'm using 2 Hagen CO2 systems.

It is difficult to get adequate CO2 levels for large tanks using just a

system. However, there are things you can do. You could mix up a larger
batch, in a big juice bottle, and attach it to your Hagen reactor.

Still, even will all the lights on, you have only 2.2 wpg. You shouldn't
*need* to have CO2 to have an algae-free tank with that lighting level.

My 29
gallon tank has 2.2 wpg, no CO2 injection, and no algae.

been fighting with my algae for the past 6 month. Everytime I try

new (more water changes, less/more light, adding more fast growing

less food, etc) just can't get the right balance.

Could it be that you're changing things too often? It takes time and

to get a tank in balance. You may not even notice it happening. One day,
there will be no algae, and you won't know when it disappeared.

6 Cardinals
6 Otocinclus
3 Angels
3 Cory's (Bandit, Bronze, Blochi)
2 Perl 2 Red Dwarf Gourami's
1 Bristlenose

All your algae-eaters are the sucker-mouthed variety. IME, sucker-mouthed

prefer "flat" algaes, the kind that grow flat, as a film of slime on the

leaves, etc. SAEs and Amano shrimp eat filamentous algae. I've also

snails to be pretty good at eating hair algae. Pond snails, little

or Pomacea bridgesii.