Re: Red Algae
> >I tried using bleach on some of the worst affected plants. Although the
> >algae is easily killed and none of the plants seem to be hurt, the
> >algae comes back in a week or so. I guess I will have to up root all of
> >the plants and treat all of them. I probably also have to empty the tank
> >and bleach everything, including the filter and start all over to be sure
> >to get rid of all the red algae spores. This sounds like a drastic way to
> >solve the problem. Any comments?
I read that algae gets the upper hand when there are too much phosphates
in the water, relative to the other nutrients. One suggestion is to run
a phosphate-absorbing resin in your filter while the plants are getting
established. I haven't done this, but it seems reasonable enough and a
lot less drastic than a total teardown.