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post #11 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 11:28 AM
Re: Similar problems

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... I can't give the test readings because I just changed the water but I have a 29 gal aquarium with a ...
Hopefully your WC's are not 100%.

This is a hard one with your dosing levels but the 1st thing that I would try is using only Flourish Excel every other day at 1.5 times the recommended dosage rate.

My current best guess is that with your dosing rate the various nutrients are not being consumed by the plants which is allowing the algae to develop.

The algae may be "out-competing" the plants for the trace minerals.

If this does not help after a week please repost.

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post #12 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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I only just read this week that a carbon insert in the filter may be stealing the nutrients from my plants so have removed this, and will do as you say with the flourish and let you know.

Thanks for the info.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-27-2007, 10:52 PM
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More on my plants

My plants look almost exactly like the other pics in here. I was basing my Flourish dosage on an iron test kit and I can't seem to get my iron levels to ever show on my tests. I'll try upping the flourish excel and stopping the flourish for a week and see if there are any results. thanks TR
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-05-2007, 09:53 PM
I also had a bit of an issue with algae on broad leaf plants at the start of things, i sorted out my water parameters but also put in a gold ancistrus (just cos i liked him, he's cute) and he's an awesome little cleaner. He's always bobbing around the tank cleaning somethin, but he's especially good at the leaves, he doesn't damage them at all, but there's no more algae! plus he only get's to 4" or so, so he's useful if space is an issue!
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-05-2007, 11:39 PM
This is a link I found on here a while back with pics of different kinds of algae:

http://www.plantgeek.net/article_viewer.php?id=9
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