01-10-2013, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by FuelingFire
Yeah I have mostly have Green algae a little green hair algae, and some brown algae. And i do use my water conditioner every water change. I think i will Change the water again in the morning to lower my ammonia.
Most conditioners that treat chlorine do not detoxify ammonia. Seachem Prime is the only conditioner I know of that treats chlorine/chlorimine as well as detoxifies ammonia, nitrites and nitrates AND heavy metals. The detoxification lasts 24-48 hours giving the established tank (beneficial bacteria) time to process the ammonia.
Using Prime, you could reduce or eliminate the need for your 50/50 mix with bottled water. This would especially be true if you add sufficient plants and perhaps reduce the volume of your weekly water change (perhaps switch to two water changes spread out each week for 5-10g each).
As for the algae, floating plants 'should' out compete for light and food, but you may need to slightly reduce lighting duration.
Good luck. Keep us posted.