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    Default Established tank, large algae problem (i'm out of ideas)


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    Hi everyone...

    I have a very established tank (11+ years). I've had this tank or one very similar running for 20+ years... I've never had a problem this bad or out of my control.

    My tank is a 30 gallon, heavily planted community tank. I've always had some algae, as it's a planted tank, but rarely if ever an issue our out of control. It's part of the normal ecosystem.

    About 3 months ago, I had a fish die-off. Mostly from lack of maintenance (i was out of town) and my filter backed up. After I got the tank stabilized, I ended up a with a massive Cladophora algae bloom. I'm fairly certain it was introduced with some snails I purchased about the same time but I'm sure my filter issues didn't help.

    My fish population has stabilized, though I'm keeping the load (# of fish) light until I figure out how to get the algae under control. At this point, I manually remove as much Cladophora algae as I can from the tank but it's back in the next week or two. You can almost see it grow it grows so fast. I was hoping my plants and the lower fish population would keep the nitrate level low and keep the algae under control. All of my water quality tests come back fine. I haven't lost any additional fish and my plants are doing well.

    So far, I've failed.... thoughts/suggestions/help?

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    I have found the best method for controlling clad is manual removal.

    You may try decreasing your lighting schedule as well.
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    Could some hydrogen peroxide help here? That would be my move buuuuuuuuut Imma newbie and I can be saying nonsenses rofl, this comment is just to know what ppl who know more would do.

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    I've never used it for algae control, but I know it can be done...you have to be careful though, and spot treat
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    You can dose the whole tank with h202, but like Slap says, you have to be careful. If I use peroxide, I'd rather spot dose though, with a medicine syringe. Only 1mm per gallon at a time or 24 hrs.

    If you have LEDs lighting the tank, try a siesta. Lights on for 4 hrs, off for 1hr, on for 3 hrs. I say IF you have LEDs because everytime fluorescent lights turn on, it further decreases spectrum and bulb life. That doesn't apply to LEDs and a siesta has helped my filamentous algae a lot along with decreasing the photoperiod to 7hrs tops.

    How often do you do a water change and how much do you change at a time?

    I don't register nitrates at all in my planted tanks. I think with plants that are growing well and the lowered bioload, you should see next to 0ppm nitrates.

    When you siphon, do you try to clean up the substrate, or is your tank a big jungle and too hard to suck up all the mulm? Keeping the surface of the substrate clean helps keep the tank as well. No digging with the syphon required!
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