02-28-2012, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by beetlebz
Oh oh I dont want to be chemical dependent, I just dont want the BBA to over take my tank (again) before the sprite grows in. When it comes on, it comes on FAST. The lights have been turned down to 10 hours, ill dial them back again, though. Its only a single 40 watt T12 over a 30" deep tank, so I cant really dial back the intensity at all.
thanks for the input, guys
btw, I had a bad experience once spot dosing with excel. Its how I used to handle it, until I went nuts on my 110g one day and in spot dosing, i way WAY over dosed it because I wasnt paying attention. I lost every fish :\
That is one reason I never recommend Excel as just a carbon supplement.
I have my lights on for 8+ hours now. I have found that brush algae will suddenly appear in the summer, and last year I figured out this was due solely to the additional ambient light in the room from longer days and brighter sunlight. I have my tanks in a fishroom, so I was able to cover the windows heavily all summer. For the first year, no brush algae. It is simply light, because it will find nutrients if light is present.