Algae id and help

Gerryd

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After thinking about it a bit, I think this is what happened over time.......

1. I have not been dosing EI for several weeks due to being away. Less N.

2. Still did large weekly WC which lowered my N.

3. Substrate is now old (+ 5 yrs) and compacted. Have been neglecting my vacuuming.

4. Had much less plant bio-mass than normal.

Combined with the MH high lighting and no nutes, or strong plant growth to stem the tide (pun intended), it is no wonder I have it.

So with the blackout and my gravel swap being completed in the next two weeks, and back to EI, less light and duration, back to being on top if it, I should be good to go.

I will only replant nice tops/cuttings, will add more for now, etc.

Wood and stones will clean well and that should be it.

Thanks again to all.
 

Gerryd

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Update: Excellent!

Hey all,

Quick update.

Uncovered the tank today after 3 day blackout.

Will post all the gory details later, but worked very well for me.

Swamp smell was gone by mid day of the second day.

Did 50% WC with prime, N (extra dose), Excel (normal dose) first and 2nd day. Most of the WC was done via gravel vac on any area I could get to. I think this was key as well. A lot of dirty water came up and it loosened well. Good prep for the removal............but good to do regardless.

Nothing done yesterday on day 3. Tank remained dark....

50% gravel swap today with major water changes.........At least 100% of water was changed today........

Slime was gone from everywhere, real algae (brush) on leaves was a lighter color and gone from many.

Begin EI again today, dose 1 more excel today.

Lost 2 cardinals :( but all others are fine.

Just fed them and they are very happy.

Tank looks great.

Will post pics and details on the gravel swap thread...............

Thanks again to all for sticking with me...........