01-28-2008, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Brentwood, CA, USA
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| | Re: Whats the goal - No algae at all??
If you make it a routine habit to change water and do a thorough tank cleaning once a week, including wiping down or scraping all of the glass, and cleaning all hardscape, then the light dusting on the glass will not be an "algae problem" for you. If you make sure you keep up with pruning so excessive plant growth doesn't cause dead spots in the tank, where water doesn't circulate well, then you should be able to control BBA too, so that won't be an "algae problem" for you.
When you use 4 watts per gallon of light you just have to accept that algae will appear every single time something goes slightly wrong with the tank - the CO2 level, the circulation, the tank cleanliness, the filter cleanliness, etc. Cutting that light intensity back to just over 2 watts per gallon will make it a lot easier on you.