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Thread: hair algae help

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    my 29g planted tank has 7x amazon swords, 3x chain swords, and a brazilian sword. On the taller amazon swords and the largest chain sword a light coating of black hair algae is starting to grow. my lighting is one t-8 power-glo, and another t-8 aqua-glo. I plant substrate fertilizer sticks around each plant, and dose tetra flora-pride once a week after water changes. I read that co2 defiency could cause algae growth, so i recently added a low-key diy co2 system. Any help to alleviate this problem would help, thanks

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    diy isnt too reliable. a 29g is kinda pushing it. i would buy or make a drop checker and a ph solution to make sure you arent in any danger of killing your fish.

    if you dose with flourish excell (i think) seachem, or CO2 boost from api. they both have a chemical in it that has algaecide properties and also is a source of carbon for the plants. that would help.

    also i think otos and bns might eat that im not 100% tho.
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    How long do you leave your light on for? Make sure you are not overfeeding too. How many fish to you have?

    You may want to cut off the leaves that have it on it. Do a large water change. Keep up with the water changes. Clean water will help a lot.

    I would get some Flourish Excel and an oral syringe. Fill the syringe up with the Excel, and shot it right on the algae. This will kill it. But this is a temporary fix. You need to figure out what you have too much of that is making it grow. Too much light or ferts are the cause of any algae.

    CO2 will help with plant growth, which will help the plants out compete the algae. Some algae will also benefit from CO2 as well. But I have no experience with DIY. Pressurized is the way to go IMO. I don't think you need to worry about overdosing CO2 with a DIY setup. I could be wrong though. I would stop dosing the Flora Pride. Nothing you are keeping will really benefit from it. Swords are root feeders.

    Other than water changes and dosing Excel with a syringe right at the algae, this is all you can do at this point. Post your photoperiod when you get a chance. There is probably a more permanent solution.

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    So would i dose this carbon stuff along with tetra florapride? if that was proven just as effective as injecting co2 why do expensive co2 systems exist?

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    i leave the lights on from 7am-9pm weekdays, and like 9am-10pm on weekends.

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    IME, Ecxel can be hard on some fish and may not be enough for some very highly planted tanks

    You may want to cut back you lighting period a little. Maybe try around 7 or 8 hours in total along with the advice already posted in this thread
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I would stop dosing the Flora Pride all together. That is probably your problem. The plants you are keeping get their nutrients from the roots. Not the water column.

    As far as the Excel. Yes, it will give you the same benefits as a pressurized CO2 system. But you will have to continually buy it. For a pressurized CO2 setup, the initial cost can be a bit expensive. But you can get a decent pressurized CO2 system for around $150. You will probably spend that in a year on Excel. Once you have your CO2 system, then all you need to buy is the CO2 for the bottle. A 10 pound bottle cost like $20 to fill, and should last for at least 18 months in a 29 gallon tank. So in the grand scheme of keeping fish, the pressurized CO2 system really is not that much. Plus it is a one time cost. Then it's just refilling the CO2 when it runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drose11111 View Post
    i leave the lights on from 7am-9pm weekdays, and like 9am-10pm on weekends.
    That is way too long. Get a light timer. Don't leave your lights on for more than 8 hours a day. If you do that, stop dosing the Flora Pride, get some Excel and syringe, and dose the Excel right at the algae with the syringe, this should take care of your problem.

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    alright so to fix i will:
    1. stop lighting for so long
    2. stop florapride
    3. get some of that api co2 stuff and dose that

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    That should help a lot

    Also, do you know your current nitrate levels

    What do have for fish in your tank ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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