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post #1 of 2 Old 06-03-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question algae grower and plants?

I am thinking of setting up algae grower in my filtration set up. Will that take the nutrients away from the plants? I had a really bad algae problem before I shut it down to start over. But I had no plants in it before. Or should I go ahead and build one that will hand on the back of the tank and have it there if needed? Oh and it's a standard 55g, two 6500 t-8 bulbs, under gravel circulation and canister filter.
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I am thinking of setting up algae grower in my filtration set up. Will that take the nutrients away from the plants? I had a really bad algae problem before I shut it down to start over. But I had no plants in it before. Or should I go ahead and build one that will hand on the back of the tank and have it there if needed? Oh and it's a standard 55g, two 6500 t-8 bulbs, under gravel circulation and canister filter.
Live plants will basically prevent algae (beyond the norm) in the aquarium, as they compete for the nutrients and light and will outcompete the algae provided light and nutrients are balanced. So you do not want to encourage algae which would defeat this and likely result in excess algae in the aquarium itself under that light.

If the tank is well planted, and includes some fast-growing (floating is best here) plants, keeping the light duration no longer than what will balance the availabloe nutrients will keep algae from advancing.

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