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and the algae has started
Old 03-31-2013, 07:43 AM   #51
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it hasn't been that long yet.... if you are really going to give up, I'd recommend to just leave the tank running and go about business as usual. the plants are not used to so many water changes and so much ferts~ you may be making changes that are too big, too soon :(the cloudiness is likely a response to the rapid changes. Unless you can measure the amount of micro nutrients and macros that are in your tank, I wouldn't call the parameters "perfect". there are probably factors affecting this that are not yet measured, hang in there. I know it's hard to just play observer~ but it's hard to cure algae in a day, and maybe it's time to just leave it alone for a bit.
again, hang in there!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:13 PM   #52
 
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well based on the current condtions in the tank and the other thread i had about how to fight algae i reluctantly picked up a bottle of excel. going to try for a week at normal dose after a 50% waterchange and scrubdown and see how things go from there. if algae slows down im in the right direction. would just like to get more then 3 days out of a cleaning before algae builds up on the glass and the plants.

so if im reading the bottle right its 5ml for each 10 gallons on the initall dose then 5ml for each 50 gallons afterwords every other day or every day and doseing may be increased slowly? so ive obviously never used the stuff, how powerfull is it and when should i start increaseing doseings? shouls i do single flourish comp dose with it to start or double? im doing double now and having algae explode.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #53
 
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ok so i did a scrubdown today 75% w/c to get rid of the water cloud. most of its gone but some is still lingering. ive added excel at the dose on the bottle and put slats across the top of the tank, there was also a single dose of fert added too. going to stick with the 12/12 cycle and see what happens. im thinkign if the algae slows ill slowly remove slats. then if algae picks back up ill try upping excel doseing on the daily. EX instead of one capfull for 60 gallons ill do 1 and a half. what do you guys think?

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Old 04-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #54
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i dose excel daily. i slowly uped the dose daily until I got to 2x recc dosage. I dose by the 5ml/10gal recommendation.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #55
 
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I just ooked at the photos in the link...I had no idea this is what was occurring. That is not brush algae, that is just plain algae and also green water which is unicellular algae, caused by the light and all those nutrients which were way beyond what the plants could utilize. I personally don't think adding Excel or CO2 is going to have any impact on that.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #56
 
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the large waterchange helped with the issue and the water is alot more clear. only saw that develop after the double dose of flourish last week never happened with the single dose at 12/12 and no excel. with the slats across the top the single dose of florusih and the excel im hoping for the best.

p.s cant belive ive resorted to excel but best in my situation and wallet at the time.

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Old 04-02-2013, 06:33 PM   #57
 
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uhh crap, just read about GWA (green water algae) this crap seems that it can change to absorb whatever it wants to to thrive. seems like a problem that you cant get rid of? any suggestions that dont involve a blackout? will my large waterchange work if my tank is balanced out?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #58
 
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uhh crap, just read about GWA (green water algae) this crap seems that it can change to absorb whatever it wants to to thrive. seems like a problem that you cant get rid of? any suggestions that dont involve a blackout? will my large waterchange work if my tank is balanced out?
I had green water problems in my back yard pond. A few bunches of hornwort cleared it up in an amazingly short time. We're talking too much light here...intensity and photo period. As 1077 suggested, maybe 8 hours photo period to start. Flourish Comp 2x a week and observe for a few days at least. Don't want to see you building yourself up to a chemical soup.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:57 PM   #59
 
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after some reading i might have to get some duckweed or some other crazy floater to soak up nutrients. it was clearly caused by the double dose flourish and the imbalance i had. going to mess with the photo period last i would like to beat this without taking the light to far back. the excel should help some but time will tell. the tank never had the green water the previous 2-3 months it was setup just after the double dip of flourish comp.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:03 PM   #60
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Duckweed is a crazy floater, that's for sure... I thought I'd suggested it here but it must have been someone else's algae problem.... It certainly can't hurt. I threw out a bunch on the weekend.

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