Can't get rid of the Algae!! Ahhh!
Please help me figure out why I can't get rid of my Algae. I set my
planted aquarium up in March. Initially, things were going very well, a
lot of lush plant growth, and little or no algae. Slowly conditions have
worsened to the point where I am scraping algae of my plant's leavesevery
week for hours. Here is the setup:
55 gallon freshwater aquarium
2.5" - 3" of Estes Natural gravel (no laterite or peat moss)
1 SuperKing filter (600 gph)
1 Whisper 5 filter (400 gph)
temperature set to 75 F
lights- 2- 4'Triton bulbs and 2- 15 watt color enhancing bulbs
duration 15 hours
5 zebra danios
4 2" clown loaches
3 cherry barbs
5 assorted swords
valisnaria growing around
various others that make the floor of the tank heavily planted
area, but the volume of the tank is not heavily planted.
I used to inject with CO2 from a yeast fermentation system, but I
discontinued it because my yeast was dying so quickly. I have tried
varying the light from as short as 8 hours and as long as 16 hours.
Nothing has helped.
My nitrates and phosphates have routinely tested at next to nothing. I
suppose this is because the algae is using all of it. The tap water has
no nitrates or phosphates in it.
I would like to tear down the tank, making sure to clean the gravel
well. Then I want to put it back together. I am looking for suggestions
that will reduce the amount of algae in the tank when it is back together.