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About 6 months in to my last set-up, I had absolutely NO algae (that I could see) . My fish load was very light. 6 fish about 2-3", and 5 fish about 1" in a 55 gal.

I personally don't think fish load has as much to do with algae as balancing ferts with plant use.

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It stayed algae free until I decided to rip it all apart and re-scape. Then, the cycle started all over, and then I moved have started over yet again. I think that planted aquariums go through an "algae-phase" and then it just disappears (assuming you have the right amount of light+fert+etc... ) . the tank I have just set up is going on 3 months and I can see the algae issues starting to subside. I fully expect that in a couple more months it won't be an issue as long as I don't do anything drastic.

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