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Algea growing on plants?
Old 02-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #11
 
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the ich medicine is coloring the algae that color but it looks like what u have on the pic i leave my lights on 12-13 hours and my tank is 30g
thanks a lot for helping me
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I think there is too much light. Two 25w tubes over a 30g tank is what I would term high light, and having it on for 12-13 hours is long. It is unlikely you have sufficient nutrients, particularly CO2, to balance, so the plants can't fully photosynthesize and algae will take advantage.

I would start be reducing the duration down to 8 hours. If this algae continues to increase, reduce another hour, and then another. If it is still increasing, reducing the intensity will be necessary, but start with the duration.

Don't expect the existing algae to disappear, it won't. You will know you are on the right track when it stops increasing. Clean off what you can, even perhaps removing some of the worst infected stems.

Are you using any plant fertilizers, and if so, which are how often? I might be able to offer some suggestions for a better balance.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #12
 
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Don't expect the existing algae to disappear, it won't. You will know you are on the right track when it stops increasing. Clean off what you can, even perhaps removing some of the worst infected stems.



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I think this is where my frustration came from. I wasn't seeing any progress. I was hoping it would go away but I actually had to get rid of it all manually and am now sort of starting over. I am now hoping my plants will start to grow fresh leaves.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:21 PM   #13
 
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this stuff has pretty much destroyed my 15g brackish tank :/ i pull more and more leaves off my java fern every week
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:06 AM   #14
 
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i lowered my lights down to 2 19 watt tubes id this okay now? i left the lights on for 7 hours today. i think ill just cut off the most infected stems like you said . i don't add any ferts though i do have some.

i forgot to add i have a home made co2 injector which i do not use. should i start using it? will it help? thanks.

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:59 AM   #15
 
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i lowered my lights down to 2 19 watt tubes id this okay now? i left the lights on for 7 hours today. i think ill just cut off the most infected stems like you said . i don't add any ferts though i do have some.

i forgot to add i have a home made co2 injector which i do not use. should i start using it? will it help? thanks.
You need to find a balance between light and nutrients. This will allow the plants to be healthy and algae to be minimal. Sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting, since some nutrients will naturally occur from tap water (water changes) and fish food, and CO2 from the system. Finding that balance is not always easy because every tank is unique depending upon the water, fish load, plants.

In a natural system, CO2 is the one nutrient we do not add, but make use of the natural CO2. As soon as you add CO2, you are raising the level of balance and everything else has to go up. Before adding CO2, I would consider other nutrients (which may be lacking now) and use a complete fertilizer. Which one do you have?

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:59 PM   #16
 
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i have plant magic it is an iron rich fertilizer with lots of other stuff in it too.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:46 PM   #17
 
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i have plant magic it is an iron rich fertilizer with lots of other stuff in it too.
There are a number of fertilizers for aquarium plants on the market, many of which are very specific with respect to nutrients/ingredients. If I can find the list of ingredients (nutrients) I may be able to offer something. I don't know this product, and a search turns up terrestrial plant ferts from the UK. Can you give me a link to the manufacturer and the specific name, or a link to any site that lists what's in this?
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #18
 
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it is called plant magic fertilizer it does not say what is in it and it is made in nautilus aqua systems,Mumbai.thanks again for trying to help so much.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:22 AM   #19
 
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it is called plant magic fertilizer it does not say what is in it and it is made in nautilus aqua systems,Mumbai.thanks again for trying to help so much.
I found their website but the page on plants is blank, so can't offer much on this product. Is there nothing at all on the label as to what this is?
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #20
 
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it just says ,the perfect balance for all your aquatic plants,red and green.it says put 2 ml every morning and evening near the filter outlet too.i live in India,Pune. So if you could suggest me any fertilizer it would be great :)
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