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i am having hair algae growing on plants and sand gravel

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by happi, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. happi

    happi Junior Poster

    Dec 23, 2009
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    i start having algae problem, it looks like hair algae, it seems to growing on glass and plants the most. but i seen some on the sand substrate also. any help please

    50Gallon tank
    CO2 diffused by red sea 500(drop checker stays at lime green after 6 hours)
    108 watts of T5HO
    koralia 1 for extra flow
    rena xp2
    water type - Hard


    DAY 1:
    50% water changes (day 1) adding 2 of 1/4 teaspoon of magnessium sulfate and 2 of 1/4 teaspoon of calicium sulfate.
    NEXT DAY (day 2):
    5mL KH2PO4 stock solution
    10mL KNO3 (Nitrate) stock solution
    NEXT DAY (day 3):
    5mL CSM+B Plantex stock solution
    NEXT DAY (day 4):
    5mL KH2PO4 stock solution
    10mL KNO3 (Nitrate) stock solution
    NEXT DAY (day 5):
    5mL CSM+B Plantex stock solution
    NEXT DAY (day 6):
    NEXT DAY (day 7):
    start back at day one

    similar problem in the past please do read it if you get a chance:
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    Jul 6, 2009
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    I had the same when I was using 118 Watts for 12 hours on a 53 gallon tank. When I took it back to 70 Watts for 10 hours it got a lot better. I still get a little bit when plants reach the top of the tank, so now I'm going to raise my lights around 6 inch.

    IMO it's no nutrient issue or CO2 issue, since my CO2 is already at the limit, using the fish as a limitation factor.

    #2 dutchy, Jan 19, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 19, 2010

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