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New to the list and a problem with algae.
I am new to the aquatic-plants list. My name is Keith Webb and I am
currently have 58, 25, and 10 gallon setups all with live plants. My 58
is my show tank and you may take a look at this tank at my web page.
http://www.compassnet.com/~klwebb/ I also have a 75 gallon viquarium and
a 5 gallon poison frog tank rearing 3 Green black poison frogs. The info
on the 58 and 75 can be found at the web site the 25 and 10 have the
overflow plants from my 58. I currently breed green sword tails in the
25 and whitecloud mountain minnows in the 75.
If you take a look at the photos you will see that it looks like I have a
very healthy plant tank in the 58. I feel that it is not that healthy at
all. The tank has change a bit since the photos and now I have an algae
problem. The algae looks like little upside down X-mas trees. Little
tuffs of dark-green filaments. The tank has 1 coral life 10K, 1
vita-lite and 1 full spectrum bulb. All on approx. 10-12 hours per day.
The parameters of the tank are as follows. 0 readings on Nitrate,
Nitrite, Ammonia, Hardness approx 5., pH is 6.8-7.0, CO2 added at 1.5
bubbles per sec. But my phosphates are high and I think this is what is
causing the alage outbreak. I found a piece of poly filter and placed
that in the tank last week and it turned dark brown in a matter of hours
and I retested the phosphates and they did decrease but are still high.
What is the best way to lower the phosphates in the tank? I also have a
phos-zorb white granular product from I think Seachem to absorb the
phosphates but when I used this I lost almost all of my Cardinal tetras
that were in the tank. I do not want to go back to this product.
Thank you for all the help you may give,