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disgusted with persistant algae
I've about had it. 1 year and I still cant get it right. You all have been
great in supporting me. So let me try this again. Ive tried a few things and
nothing seems to help. Im getting algae on the glass (very fine light green
scum plus a little green spot) I went on vacation for a week and a half and
now all my plants have a thick dark green mat of algae that rubs off pretty
easily. Here are my specs.
55 gal tall
fish loading have 4 tetras, 2 gouramis, 1 angel, 4 ottos, 5 algae
eaters and 2 yoyo loaches
water change every week 50%. i do notice alot of demitrus from fish
CO2 injection with Tom Barrs Ber2
lights- 151 watts Photo period was at 14 hrs to 12 to 10
now just changed to 9hour/day. It in a fairly dark corner.
uv light sterilizer - Ive tried constant running and only when change
hot magnum filter- I was told to take charcoal out and substitute small
gravel instead. No difference with or without charcoal
could the hot magnum not be turning water over enough?
PH- 6.5 in a.m to 7.0 in p.m
temp- 82 deg
kh- 3.5 to 4.0
phoshate- 0.0 Is there different types of tests that test organic
vs inorganic. (or does it matter) I was told that I should have at least some
in water (i've tested tap and aquarium) Im using a seatest
Nitrate 10-20ppm. With no fertilization
As far as fertilization goes I've experimented alot. I have always added a
10 drops of a PMDD (CSM plus epsom salts). Lately experimented with the
addition of liquid Iron. I have also played with increasing doses of
Potassium nitrate started with 1/4 tsp every other day up to 1/2 tsp. I
thought things were getting better but when I did Nitrate test I was over
60ppm so stopped. was getting good pearling (not that this means that much) I
was also adding 1/2 tsp of Potassuim sulfate once a week. Never saw any
difference. Just to let you know I have done this in about a 6 months time.
When I was fertilizing alot everything was growing crazy.
I even turned off lights for 3-4 days and covered aquarium to see if I could
What am I missing here. Im about ready to through in towel. But invested so
much time an $ I really hate too. Plus the comments when it is clean make me
want to keep.