01-04-2010, 05:48 PM
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OK so I did a 40% wc 2 days ago and spent some time cleaning up the slime off the plants. I have removed the carbon insert from my AquaClear filter (as was suggested in another thread that supported the fact that carbon may not be the best for plants). I have also started a light cycle of 5 hours on, 3 off, 4 on for a 9 hour daylight time in the tank. And last but not least, I have started (4 days ago) only feeding the fish every other day. Right now, there is almost
no sign of the green slime. I will do another wc in 2 days (I've read that lowering nitrates will help in fighting algae) and see what the end of the week will bring.
I am somewhat reluctant to do the 2-3 full days of blackout at this point b/c I fear that my plants may not survive it... but I am not ruling it out if the above measures don't work.
Thanks a million! I'll keep you posted.