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Algea

Postby DanieO » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:38 am

Hey guys I have a 36G tank and I don’t leave my light on all the time. I struggle and battle with the algea growth in my tank. I also do 50% water change every week. Please give me some advice. My light is on for about an hour or two at the most. That’s when I feed them.
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Re: Algea

Postby DJRansome » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:54 am

What are your test results for nitrate and phosphate?

What color is the algae...rusty brown or green? How long has your tank been established?
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Re: Algea

Postby DanieO » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:06 pm

My tank has been setup for about a year now. Can’t test those water parameters now. I’ll need to buy the test kits first.
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Re: Algea

Postby DJRansome » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:11 pm

Sounds good.
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Re: Algea

Postby Halfcopy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:38 am

I wouldn't bother buying tests it's algae it's uses phosphate nitrates ammonia and light. You've got an abundance of one or more of those. I'd assume you don't use a light timer you forget sometimes to turn them off? You have sunlight hitting the tank even ambient? What about room lighting a lamp burning five six hrs a night? Running a year your stones (if you have them) got a buildup of organics under them? Two hrs is pretty short duration I'd rule that out unless it's maybe a 500w mh. Add a little salt if your fish will tolerate it. Cut the food a tad, leave the light off completely a few days.
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