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Old 12-16-2009, 01:05 PM   #11
 
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I don't think its the wattage that's your problem nor the w/c weekly.
How much are you doing like 20-30% w/c? That's sufficient enough.

What I'd do after what I now learned with my hardcore algae attach if this was my tank: Use a dish sponge/ scrubby pad and clean your tank sides out, then while there's all that stuff "floating" do your w/c (maybe need a lil more then normal).
Then set your lights to something like 4 on 4off 4 on or 5-4-5 something that gives a light break in the PM for about 3-4hrs.
Then see to get Excel again and start dosing as recommended on the pack for 10g.

Within 1-2 weeks you should then see the matter becoming much better if not fully disappear. Make sure meanwhile your NO2, 3, Ammonia is not gonna go up for no reason to feed the algae even more.

All that will conquer the green algae issue at least - Now what that "white stuff" is you were talking about I still don't know, any way you could take a picture of it for me???
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:08 PM   #12
 
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definitely reduce or stop all together fertilizer, leave lights on for 8 hours...
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:10 PM   #13
 
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definitely reduce or stop all together fertilizer, leave lights on for 8 hours...
Sorry to be so strait fwd but that is strait out stupid to do. In doing so he'll immediately hinder the plants to thrive and the algae WILL take over full force. And I'm not only making this statement cause of first hand pers expierence but this is also a very well document big no-no to do
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:21 PM   #14
 
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Sorry to be so strait fwd but that is strait out stupid to do. In doing so he'll immediately hinder the plants to thrive and the algae WILL take over full force. And I'm not only making this statement cause of first hand pers expierence but this is also a very well document big no-no to do

sorry dude... but.. having broken down light cycle with siesta period will not help.. and no matter how hard to scrape your aquarium walls and plants and gravel... unless there is food for algae it will always come back.

Key to removing algae in his case is to simply stop feeding it


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Old 12-16-2009, 02:11 PM   #15
 
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sorry dude... but.. having broken down light cycle with siesta period will not help.. and no matter how hard to scrape your aquarium walls and plants and gravel... unless there is food for algae it will always come back.

Key to removing algae in his case is to simply stop feeding it
If that was the case, then pls explain HOW its possible that me and others battled serious algae outbreaks with 4-5 diff kinds in one tank by black outs, siesta and MORE ferts????

And I'd appreciate if you wouldn't call me "dude" thanks.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:11 PM   #16
 
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definitely reduce or stop all together fertilizer, leave lights on for 8 hours...
would like to add stoping ferty all together will cause his algae to completely take over, contray to what most people think algae isnt from too much light it is nutrient/light imbalance. if he stops adding fert the algae will use all it can before the plants since you say limit the light, which will mean the algae will explode since the plkants will not use the ferts in a lights out period, dont mean to bash you here but your info is detremental to this guys tank and unless you are 100% sure please hold off things in tanks cost money such advice will cause things to die which means a loss of money.

please do have a great day though evil :D <3
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:56 AM   #17
 
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wow thank a bunch everyone! eveyone has been a huge help! im working on them today! im getting the excel and will begin the "blackouts" throughout the day. I will let you know how it goes :)
i think the white stuff i spoke of was the stringy fibery stuff the plants were potted in when i bought them. I tried to remove as much as i could but there roots were so delicate. I cant get a pic cause for some reason my sd card for my camera is spazzing. sigh more money... lol im getting an amano shrimp for the new tank IF its finished with its cycling already.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:01 AM   #18
 
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so to sum up everything, my lights are fine for both tanks but i should start dosing with seachem excel and should suck more water out during my weekly cleaning. and also do that lights on 4 lights off 3 right?

how long should i do this lights off lights on trick? forever or just till the problem is over?
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:48 AM   #19
 
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Oh ok, well if its from the plants, just suck it out with your next w/c, it happens...I thought there for a min you had some fancy fungus lol

I'd do siesta & Excel until its visibly gone - Then you CAN try dial up your lights to 10hrs/ day again, but if you see the smallest of algae, stop it and stay with the break. As for my tank, honestly I'm gonna stick with the break, I actually like it cause its on longer at nights

Yea make sure about them w/c to do them every week (let's say every Sat) and then ~30% if you see dead leaf's while doing it, clip them out as well.

You should soon see a difference, mine took like 2-3 days till I seen a change (not gone, but a change for the better). So give it some 2 weeks and see what happens while dosing Excel. If not, come back and beat us for more ideas
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:28 PM   #20
 
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Cool

oh thanks again! one last itsy bitsy question, can i clean the tank twice a week small rather than 1 large cleaning? instead of one 30% change i can do maybe 2 10% ?
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