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post #11 of 13 Old 08-15-2011, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
This can certainly be a lighting and fertilizer issue. The plants I chose are easy to grow, good for my specific pH, but also good in low/dim light. (wisteria, anubias, water sprite & pennywort) I have a standard 15 watt, 18" spectrum flourescent bulb and it's on approx. 12 hours a day. I'm sure that's not too great for the plants but great for any algea growth. Plus, my plants did not received the proper fertilizer treatments during the first 2 to 3 weeks. I was having to do a lot of water changes due to the cycling of the tank, therefore the water conditioner would render the fertilizer useless. Therefore I had some initial leaf die-off's and some plants that didn't make it. I'm sure that loaded the organics in the water. I didn't want to remove too much of the organics because I wanted the C02, but I'm such a novice that I'm sure it's all unbalanced. I'll keep an eye on it and continue to wash it off in conditioned water. If I can't get it under control, I'll post again for your direction. Thank you!

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post #12 of 13 Old 08-16-2011, 08:31 AM
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K...just a quick ? If one is only feeding fish once a day and am still getting hair algae(the dark green kind) and have cut light down to 8hrs. Tank is not that near direct natural light either. Im at a lost as to how to get rid of it "naturally". I primarily use RO water so thanks to your article you posted am going to find dolomite or something close to it... Not sure how much to use though..what is dolomite's role..to harden the water right and raise the ph correct? sorry to sound so dense but would love to lose the chemicle solution to everything, I as you can tell am sooo much a novice at this. btw my tank is a 65 high with two coralife 65k compact lighting and Co2 injection Would appreciate any and all advice Byron.
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K...just a quick ? If one is only feeding fish once a day and am still getting hair algae(the dark green kind) and have cut light down to 8hrs. Tank is not that near direct natural light either. Im at a lost as to how to get rid of it "naturally". I primarily use RO water so thanks to your article you posted am going to find dolomite or something close to it... Not sure how much to use though..what is dolomite's role..to harden the water right and raise the ph correct? sorry to sound so dense but would love to lose the chemicle solution to everything, I as you can tell am sooo much a novice at this. btw my tank is a 65 high with two coralife 65k compact lighting and Co2 injection Would appreciate any and all advice Byron.
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Algae is caused by light, period. Algae will appear in water if light is present. The goal with a planted tank is to have a balance between light and nutrients so the plants use both to the max and algae is hindered. If the nutrients are not sufficient for the intensity and duration (either) of the light, the plants cannot "use" the light and algae takes advantage. So minimal light is always the way to balance and keep algae at bay. Algae will be present in any aquarium, it is natural, but it should be under control.

On the dolomite and RO water, I'd like to know more about your situation. As this is outside the present thread, could you begin a new thread in the Freshwater Aquarium section please, and I will respond?

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