02-27-2008, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by mommyeireanne
well crap. I remember reading that it was supposed to release bio-avail carbon into the water column, but since I've heard what it is, I've been thinking about algaecide. Thanks for bringing me back to the original goal. That is of course to have a beautiful tank garden without algae.
The gluteraldehyde is a carbon source for planted tanks and is also a great algecide as well. However, as Brian stated, if you plan on using it continuously, you will more than likely need to supplement with N,P, & K. For occasional use as an algaecide, you can squirt it directly on the algae in very small amounts using either a syringe or pipette and not need to supplement your tank with fertilizers.
Depending on your fish load and feeding routine (I don't remember your stocking level on this tank from your posts on the website) you may be able to get by adding glut for a week or two (as an algeacide) without supplementing N, P, or K. I'm not up on NPT strategy but it seems that once the soil starts decomposing, it will release small amounts of CO2. Until then, glut may be a good source for starting up this type of tank and may help to eliminate the start up algae in your tank.
I think I am mistaken here but are you thinking about adding an algecide? I would caution against it, since most, if not all, algaecides work against plants as well as algae.