20 Gal Rapid Green Hair, Black Beard And Dust Algae Growth Help

  1. Sam_mckbones

    Sam_mckbones New Member Member

    I’ve made a post about this tank before, I now have parameters to add to make the cause easier to target.
    Nitrite: 0ppm
    Nitrate: 0ppm
    Ammonia: 0ppm
    pH: 8-8.2
    Temp: between 78-80
    Dosed with Flourish Excel daily
    Lights are full spectrum, 11 hours a day
    Weekly 25% water changes
    Algae is wiped off sides every 1-2 days
    Filter is clogged with brown sludge and has to be cleared out every 2-3 days, most plants get coated in algae and start loosing leaves.

    I will be adding some pH down and finding a way to maybe break up the light cycle to two 5-6 hour shifts? Below I linked some pictures of the algae and tank.

    Utd algae
     
  2. Sergeant Pepper

    Sergeant Pepper Well Known Member Member

    So I immediately see multiple reasons you may have issues with algae.

    First, how planted is this tank? With readings like 0,0,0 you would have to have a pretty heavily planted tank to show 0 nitrates in a fully cycled tank.
    Dosing Flourish Excel daily seems like a lot to me. I have three pretty planted tanks, and I only dose Excel every week. Once a day seems like a lot, though I'm no Flourish Excel expert.
    Lights on for 11 hours a day is a main source of your issue, as that much light is exactly what algae thrives in. I would really turn that time down to 6-8 hours a day. Probably less for a while to starve the algae.
    I would not add pH down as that stuff is honestly garbage. Your pH is perfectly fine and adding that product has been known to cause huge pH swings which can definitely kill your fish.
     
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    Sam_mckbones

    Sam_mckbones New Member Member

    I previously only dosed co2 a couple times a week and wondered if the light to co2 ratio was off. But I could definitely see the length of the light cycle being an issue too. I will try scaling it down to 10 hours at first to ensure the plants will be fine. I do have a whooooole bunch of plants in there and the algae I believe also feeds on the same stuff so it’s safe to say I have a pretty large water cleaning crew, haha.
     
  4. Sergeant Pepper

    Sergeant Pepper Well Known Member Member

    I would really cut back on the light. I think it's really the main issue you're having with that algae. The algae will starve while the plants should be fine. I would do 8 hours. The longer the Algae sits on plants, the sooner it'll put dead spots on those plants or kill them.
    I know that feeling with the Nitrates. In my Betta tank I rarely see Nitrates. It's pretty heavily planted and crystal clear, but I also have zero algae in that tank.
     
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    Sam_mckbones

    Sam_mckbones New Member Member

    Okay I’ll try really bringing the lights down, my bettas usually get around 8-9 hours and that keeps things clean.