So i just returned after 3 weeks, i had already started my cycle, i tested the water tonight and got 0,0, and nitrates were off the chart.
So that's all dandy, but the tank is planted, and i returned to some INSANE algae... i mean ridiculous.. all over the glass, all in the filter, all on the plants and substrate, rocks, driftwood... everything.. thick thick stuff.
So i proceeded to scrub and scrub the glass, run my hands through the plants to get algae off, etc etc i continued this then did a 60% water change and refilled my tank.
I took the filter out, and cleaned the media in the old tank water, except the intake tube, i HAD to hot water that in the sink.
Reinstalled, algae is still all over the place and in the water, so i did the same thing again.
i still have some algae in the water, a little on the glass, and some on the plants...
and i plan on getting fish this weekend.
I placed another piece of raw fish in the tank to keep bacteria happy until this weekend, but i am concerned... I know that most the bacteria lives in the media and substrate, rocks, etc... but i changed a lot of water today and i'm going to have to probably do another huge water change, maybe 2, to get all this algae out.. am i going to kill off this good bacteria i just spent 6 weeks establishing? Or are the water changes going to be fine?
any tips for cleaning this algae up... scrubbing and vacuuming doesnt seem very effective so far...