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I need some Direction with getting rid of Algae Please!
Old 06-26-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
 
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I need some Direction with getting rid of Algae Please!

In my 55 gallon planted tank I keep getting this hairy green and black algae. On some plants its green hairy algae, on others and its black hairy algae. Is on my driftwood in some spots and even on my water return spray bar. I don't know how to get rid of it. I have tried to reducing the hours the lights are on. I am down to 7 hours a day now it seems to have gotten a little better but I have no idea what it is or how to get rid of it.I usually cut the leaves on the vals that are covered in it plus take off the leaves on the swords that have it on them too but I am affraid to keep doing this as soon there wouldn't be no leaves left. Besides I don't really see that as solution but a temp. fix as it comes back. Could someone Please explain this to me. I have read and been told an aglae problem is no more then a lighting issue but theres got to be more to it then that right?

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Old 06-26-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
 
couple of questions - do you fertilise? what is the k rating of your bulbs?

Algae usually occurs because of an inbalance between light, nutrients, and fish load (ammonia production).
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #3
 
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Up to this week I was dosing ferts twice a week (flourish comprehensive). This week I have only done it once. My lights k ratings are 6500.
Also just got done testing my water parameters they are as followings.
Ammonia .25
Ph 7.4
NitrItes 0
NitrAtes 40 Now I am thinking I did this wrong and will retest in a few mins because that can't be right I hope not anyways
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:30 PM   #4
 
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Also Ammonia has been at .25 since day 1 I have not been able to get it lower then that. It has also never been higher then that though.
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:42 PM   #5
 
Hmm, ideal lighting, regular ferts are both good

Nitrates seem a bit on the high side for a planted tank - guess alage could be utilising the nitrates for growth. Whats the fish load like? And water change schedule?
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
 
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Hmm, ideal lighting, regular ferts are both good

Nitrates seem a bit on the high side for a planted tank - guess alage could be utilising the nitrates for growth. Whats the fish load like? And water change schedule?
I just rechecked the nitrate levels and I got 10ppm. I have NO clue what I did the first time when I tested it today but I thought 40 was too high and not normal when I usually get 5 ppm.

Fish Load. I have 2 Long finned GBRs, 7 Colombian tetras, and 3 Oto catfish. I change the water every Monday on the dot and about 40% everytime.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
 
Ha, I'm running out of ideas...

Does the tank get much natural light, even indirect light, from a nearby window? I have a fry tank thats only lit with indirect window light and the algae is getting pretty wild

Also how many bulbs and how many watts are you running?
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:04 PM   #8
 
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No direct sunlight and very little if any indirect sunlight. There are 2 bulbs that are each 32 watt bulbs
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:51 AM   #9
 
in which case I'm stumped...

I've had similar algae myself and got rid of it by reducing the lighting schedule and adding ferts - you're down to 7 hrs though, which is low anyway. Even when i did this it took weeks to get rid of the algae, so it might be a case of patience being required.

Another option might be amano shrimp but mine have gotten very fond of eating soft leaved plants as they've got bigger and making a total mess of the tank in the process. I'm gonna have to rehouse them in my fry tank as soon as the fry have grown up. They do a great job of algae eating though

Final though is do your bulbs need replacing? - think they should be changed once a year. Mine are due a change about now.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:35 AM   #10
 
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in which case I'm stumped...

I've had similar algae myself and got rid of it by reducing the lighting schedule and adding ferts - you're down to 7 hrs though, which is low anyway. Even when i did this it took weeks to get rid of the algae, so it might be a case of patience being required.

Another option might be amano shrimp but mine have gotten very fond of eating soft leaved plants as they've got bigger and making a total mess of the tank in the process. I'm gonna have to rehouse them in my fry tank as soon as the fry have grown up. They do a great job of algae eating though

Final though is do your bulbs need replacing? - think they should be changed once a year. Mine are due a change about now.
Might google,," James algae guide" for some insight on various forms of algae and possible causes.
helped me when I set my planted tank. I found it interesting anyway.
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