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Title: Algae on plants
Post by: Aquaman73 on January 23, 2017, 02:13:19 AM
I do 50% water changes each week. I run Co2. I have my lights on for 8 hours, which are two  Fluval plant and life 2.0 LED's. My phosphate, nitrate and nitrate are 0. I feed the fish once a day. I do all this but still get algae growing on my plants.


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: TwoTankAmin on January 23, 2017, 08:34:29 PM
What does your fertilizer regimen look like?


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: Aquaman73 on January 23, 2017, 08:46:02 PM
I use flourish excel twice a week


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: russ on February 02, 2017, 09:29:33 PM
Can you describe what the alae looks like? Color, shape (flat &  blotchy or stringy).


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: Aquaman73 on February 02, 2017, 09:35:32 PM
I think it's brush/red algae. There seems to be blobs of hairy algae growing along the edges of the leaves.


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: TwoTankAmin on February 03, 2017, 12:57:40 PM
Flourish Excel is a carbon substitute, not a fertilizer.

Once one gets into plants needing moderate and higher light levels and ising additional co2, one needs to have proper lighting and proper fertilization. Failing to have these three things in proper balance will result in algae.

For example, I used to have a pressurized co2 added planted tank. it was a ton of work. I had a couple of algae outbreaks because Lights wore out or I let the co2 do so and I got bad algae. When away or ill and failing to care for the tank once or twice, I got algae. After about a decade I gave it up. Now I stay at the lower end of light levels. I use Excel, but for many years I also used phophate, nitrogen, potassium, and iron plus Tropica's  Micronutirent and trace mix. I have a recipe which is supposed to duplicate this product, it uses dry ingredients. It does not work as well but if I use it 50/50 with the Tropica the plants stay happy. They will be happier with 100% Tropica, but the stuff is pricey.

I have recently gotten more lazy and more able to over-pay and I am messing around with the Tropica Specialized fertilizer:
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Premium Fertiliser has all the required micro nutrients and is recommended for all plant aquariums. Specialised Fertiliser further has macro nutrients and is suitable for aquariums with many plants. Both are liquid fertilisers that are dispensed directly into the water on a regular basis.
http://tropica.com/en/plant-care/ (http://tropica.com/en/plant-care/)

The Tropica site can teach you a ton about plants in tanks.


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: Aquaman73 on February 03, 2017, 02:28:14 PM
I misinformed you. I use flourish, not flourish excel


Title: Re: Algae on plants
Post by: Aquatics on April 28, 2017, 04:42:12 AM
Algae thrive on both uneaten food and fish waste from what's consumed. Many experienced hobbyists who learn to resist the feeding frenzy and only feed once daily - or smaller portions 2-3 times daily - find it's much easier to keep the unwanted green in check.