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What Type of Algae is this?

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by matrix, May 18, 2011.

  1. matrix

    matrix Junior Poster

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    Hello friends,

    I am new to Planted tanks. This my First attempt of 4' tank:
    Following are the specs:
    Size - 48' x 24' x 24'
    Substrate: bottom layer - Mixture of Vermicompost + Farm soil (free of fertilizers collected from one of my site) + Laterite
    2nd layer - course river sand (again collected from my construction site)
    3rd layer - Fine river sand (--do--)
    Rocks - Slate
    River - White sand (one used for construction)
    CO2 - pressurized (3-4 Bps)
    lighting - 4nos T8 36W, 1T5 28W, 600nos SMD3528 LEDs (strip type) all lights are 6500k

    Plants:
    caboma red
    rotala wallichii
    lilaeopsis
    eleocharis parvula
    eleocharis vivipara

    Fert dosing:
    KNO3 & K2SO4 as per Gadd's calculator (liquid form)

    its newly setup tank just three weeks. Recently added Pressurised CO2 a week ago. I have started noticing this algae. Dont know its type, kindly suggest me how to get rid of this. What are the possible reasons for this algae outcome.
     
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    Some diatoms because of leaching Si from your substrate and I think some Staghorn because of NH4, your tank has not cycled yet.

    Change 50% of water twice per week and it should clear up within weeks.
     
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    You may consider adding more plants. It's better to have a high biomass of plants from the start. You could add some fast-growing plants and remove them later on, once your slow-growing species catch up.

    I dose Excel (like two or three times recommended dosage) to get rid of algae. So far it works with hair algae. It will return if I don't solve what causing it but at least it helps buying some time.

    Pepetj
    Santo Domingo
     
  4. matrix

    matrix Junior Poster

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    Thanks dutchy & Pepetj,
    Will try out both the suggestions and check the result
     
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