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Old 05-17-2005, 02:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Algea free tanks? (6 out of 3,000??)

Ok, how many of you have tanks completely free of any visible algae (or at least extremely low amounts) on a regular long term basis?

I know that all the pictures of tanks submitted to contests are spotless. What is more interesting to know is how they look "when they've just woken up" and not after they've been preened meticulously for a picture...

The answers to this question should give hope to the people that are currently battling the stuff !

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Old 05-17-2005, 04:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My 75g has been pretty much "visibly" algae free since December. I say only since December since that is when I re-set up the tank after a move. Prior to that it was pretty much algae free for a few months.

I occasionally get some algae on plants that come form other hobbyists but it never lasts long and seems to be contained to only the new arrivals. The algae doesn't seem to spread to the new growth on the plants.

3-4 days after switching from EI to PPS I had an outbreak of Green Spot algae on the glass of my 75g. I cleaned the glass and it has yet to return. I assume this was due to the change in fert routine.

I do get the occasional bloom of green water, usually after uprooting plants and neglecting the water change afterwords. Self induced you could say Cleans up easily with a diatom overnight and doesn't come back unless I uproot a bunch of stuff and neglect the water change.

My 30g "soft water" tank has done pretty well since December also. The only problem I have had is a staghorn attack in my hair grass. My 2 year old son unplugged my CO2 controller and the tank was without CO2 for about half of the day, mid way through photo period! Within a couple of days I noticed some Staghorn algae in the hairgrass. The hairgrass is now full of staghorn and will be removed from the tank prior to the next water change. I've been wanting to get rid of the hairgrass anyway and this gives me a good excuse.
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My 75 has been algae free for almost a year. I cant remember the last time I cleaned the glass either....2 watts per gallon NO florescents, laterite substrate, NO co2.

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My 5g in the office is vertually algae free. I have had the tank running since mid december and have only cleaned the glass 1-2 times since!!!! No algae on the plants either.


My 10g gets some spot/dust, but it only needs cleaning every month or so.

My 30g is about the same as the 10, plus clado which is good and bad (algae scape) if depending on where it is.

My new 40g ADA tank is PLAGUED with green dust. I have to clean it down every few days ...I'm not sure what the ussue is here. I have tried high, low, recommended doses etc etc. Next, I will hook up my UV for about a week with daily scrubbings to see if I can eradicate it.
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Two 10's, a 29 and a 50 gallon. All get some green spot on glass which is wiped weekly at water changes and other than a little green spot on older Anubias leaves, no other problems to speak of. (Now that I have said this, I hope I haven't jinxed myself!)
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And you guys are all using more than 2wpg, CO2, ferts and tanks heavily planted?
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And you guys are all using more than 2wpg, CO2, ferts and tanks heavily planted?
2.5wpg on 10's and 29; 2 wpg on the 50; and yes to CO2 and heavily planted.
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75g - ~3wpg, CF and NO flourescent light, pressurized CO2, ferts by EI for most of the time it has been set up. I've been using PPS for the past two weeks so it is really too early to tell how PPS is doing. Heavily planted.

30g - ~3wpg ODNO, pressurized CO2 30+ ppm, 1ppm KNO3 every day, 0.5ppm PO4 every other day, 5ml CSM+B days opposite PO4 additions. medium to heavy plant load.
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Default very little algae

I have a 37 gallon. Fairly heavily planted, with a thick glosso lawn and a decent amount of fast growers in there (wisteria, ludwigia repens) and I always keep a small amount of watersprite floating to soak up any extra nutrients (not sure if this really does anything but I have always done it with good results) 30-35ppm press. co2, 3.6 wpg (is probably higher with my 4-5" substrate). Ecocomplete substrate over regular gravel with laterite & roots tabs (substrate is over 2 years old). I dose heavily, loosely following EI and Tom Barrs advice through his posts. I get very little green dust algae on the glass which has been returning less and less with each cleaning & water change. I have finally got the nitrate and P levels right about three weeks to a month ago and things have been looking up ever since. I make sure to remove any green dust from the tank as soon as i scrape it. My co2 was down for 2 weeks due to a faulty regulator and I got a small amount of BBA which I have pruned most of out and it stopped as soon as I got my co2 back up. I think I am on my way to an algae free tank. My only other algae issue is small amounts on my anubias but I am hoping this eventually falls away as well. I think it will.
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How depressing:

So far only 6 out of 3,000 members have (mostly) algae free tanks!

But we can already see a trend: heavily planted, lots of CO2 and never letting ferts bottom out...

Anyone else? Don't be modest!
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