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Hairy aquarium, is it bad? help pls!
Old 11-26-2011, 01:13 PM   #11
 
All my lamps fall with in that kelvin rating and algae is not normal in any of my tanks. Many of mine should be plagued with algae too. I'm so inconsistent especially with certain tanks. Lights are never on a consistent schedule, filter gets left off for days, it has dirt substrate capped with gravel, random dosing of dry fertilizers. Its high tech too and the CO2 injected into it follows the lighting scheduled of the tank next to it. It use to have mild BBA awhile back after I moved it. Maybe the inconsistency drove the algae away lol. In the end there is no single specific thing you can attribute to algae growth. It often a combination of things working together.

I would still replace the bulb if it is old. It may not fix the BBA but it is a place to start. Leaving things as they are now definitely won't get rid of the BBA.

In the end you can use whatever kelvin rating you want over a tank. Kelvin rating has little impact on a bulbs PAR. However 6000-8000 is pretty much the most common kelvin temps you see over planted aquariums. Only real effect they have is on how the tank looks to you. Though I still think 18000 is really pushing it as thats gonna give a weird bluish kinda SW hue to the tank.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
 
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I agree with Mikaila.

There is only one thing that causes algae, and that is light, period. If the light is insufficient to balance nutrients for the plants, the plants will slow their photosynthesis (and may even stop) and algae takes advantage. Reducing light to what will balance the nutrients for the plants will keep algae minimal.

I have had outbreaks of brush algae three times in the past few years. In two of these, reducing the light [either by limiting ambient light from the windows in summer or reducing the tank light duration period] solved it; in the other case, the tubes needed replacing.

And I would not use 18000K lights exclusively; the lack of red will be detrimental to aquatic plants. A mix of red and blue such as one usually gets in the 6000K-7000K range is best, and it can be supplemented with a higher blue tube for a cooler crisp white.

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Old 11-27-2011, 03:34 AM   #13
 
You are in luck of having to fight algae so agreeable.
Most european algae are much more evil!
Bye.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:35 AM   #14
 
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Τhank you all so much! i have this over tank lamp for dubai tanks, t5 lamps are not included, Lighting Overtank lamps Dubai overtank lamp manufacturer shop - FERPLAST kind of lamps exactly... but i asked the store i buy all thing for my aquarium about the lamps, and he told me that i cant replace them with other kind.. only the same kind! also there is no way to put 1 of them work, while the other is not working :( .. what can i do! i removed the algae manualy from the glass.. but it still growing on my plants! i keep my lamps 5 ours a day ON... should i change it? thanks!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #15
 
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Τhank you all so much! i have this over tank lamp for dubai tanks, t5 lamps are not included, Lighting Overtank lamps Dubai overtank lamp manufacturer shop - FERPLAST kind of lamps exactly... but i asked the store i buy all thing for my aquarium about the lamps, and he told me that i cant replace them with other kind.. only the same kind! also there is no way to put 1 of them work, while the other is not working :( .. what can i do! i removed the algae manualy from the glass.. but it still growing on my plants! i keep my lamps 5 ours a day ON... should i change it? thanks!!
If the tank light is only one five hours daily and algae is still increasing on plant leaves, the only option is to get a new light fixture that will take regular T8 tubes or has just one T5 tube. Fixtures made for two tubes often require both tubes to be in before it will light, that is common.

T5 is a special type of tube and only T5 tubes fit T5 fixtures. The tubes are usually HO (high output) which means much more intense (brighter) light than regular T8 tubes.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:48 AM   #16
 
There is an alternative way to liberate from algae a freshwater aquarium.
It consists in the water filtration using fermented barley straw, which prevents cell division in all species of algae.
The dose is 30 g per 250 l of water and the effect lasts 3 months.
There have been no reported side effects to plants and fish.
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