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aklick 06-09-2013 06:48 PM

Algea
 
I have had my planted tank set up for at least 6 month's or more now. I have always had algea. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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My light is on for about 12 hours a day. I have lots of ricca floating. It takes up nearly 1/2 of the top of my tank so it provides some shade.

Byron 06-09-2013 07:37 PM

I read through that thread, there were a lot of issues.:-)

Algae was mentioned near the end, but we didn't identify it. Can you? A photo would be best.

While we're waiting for that... algae isnormal in any planted tank. A "natural" method planted tank that is totally free of algae is frankly not normal, as it is a part of every natural aquatic system. Our aim is to control algae so it does not take over. Light balanced with nutrients will achieve this.

Byron.

aklick 06-09-2013 07:41 PM

Oh ok, it's very minimal. I just have to clean it off the walls of my fish tank.

you are right though, makes sense that it's a normal part of a planted tank!

My algea since my last thread has gone WAY down though. My thaiwan moss looks bad though. I'll have to post a picture of that so you can tell me what you think.

My plants are doing MUCH better now. Other then the thaiwan moss that is.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 2285474)
I read through that thread, there were a lot of issues.:-)

Algae was mentioned near the end, but we didn't identify it. Can you? A photo would be best.

While we're waiting for that... algae isnormal in any planted tank. A "natural" method planted tank that is totally free of algae is frankly not normal, as it is a part of every natural aquatic system. Our aim is to control algae so it does not take over. Light balanced with nutrients will achieve this.

Byron.


Byron 06-09-2013 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aklick (Post 2285498)
Oh ok, it's very minimal. I just have to clean it off the walls of my fish tank.

you are right though, makes sense that it's a normal part of a planted tank!

My algea since my last thread has gone WAY down though. My thaiwan moss looks bad though. I'll have to post a picture of that so you can tell me what you think.

My plants are doing MUCH better now. Other then the thaiwan moss that is.

Algae on the tank glass is not problematic, though depending upon what it is, it might suggest an excess of fertilization, or light. I use one of those sponge scrapers on the front glass of all my tanks every week during the water change, even though I may not see anything. Rarely do I do the other sides, but in my 90g only I do. For some reason algae is more prevalent in this tank, even though the water, fertilization, light, fish load is basically the same in all 7 tanks. I experimented and by reducing the liquid Flourish to once per week (other tanks are getting more) it deal with the algae, or considerably slowed it.

Post the photo of the moss, I'll see if I can help. B.


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