Bba And Now Blue/green Algae From Co2

MaeKay

I tried a DIY CO2 setup for a couple days again with my 75 gallon a couple months back. (I know, I know, I’m done experimenting.) Then I got a BBA outbreak and now it’s turning to blue/green algae with less BBA. I also now have snails (probably from overfeeding, and new plants, I’ve struggled with feeding balance since getting the Bolivian Rams?) so I’d like to treat all the plants and ornaments with either bleach or H2O2 and correct the imbalance.

I have a 75 gallon with Finnex 24/7 planted plus (on max from 9-1, 4-7:30). I was treating daily with Excel but wanted to fix the root of the problem and not keep dosing Excel. I haven’t used ferts in a couple months either. Before I was just dosing once a week with Flourish. I haven’t got around to putting in root tabs since I upgraded from a 55 gallon in August.

Would root tabs help the plants outcompete he algae? (The cabomba is growing 5-10” a month already)

Can I set the finnex to a lower setting and still have it come on with my light timer? Or does it reset itself? I never use the 24/7 feature although maybe I should so there’s less max but I can actually enjoy seeing my fish inside the tank for more hours a day?

I have black diamond blasting media as substrate, SunSun 304B Filter, and Anubias, rotala (a few varieties), cabomba, Water wisteria, Amazon sword, crypts, pennywort, and alternathera.

Livestock: hatchetfish, cherry barbs, neon tetras, false JuliI cories, Black KhulI loaches, Bolivian Rams, maybe a Cherry shrimp and Amano shrimp, a few Nerite snails.

I can move all the livestock to another tank for a week or so to thoroughly treat the tank as a whole if that would be easier. Even the stinking sponge filter is coated with BBA. (It’s there for the shrimp and as an emergency filter for a QT tank if needed)

Edited: I never really had any algae until my two attempts at DIY CO2, not even on the glass. So until the BBA my lighting intensity and time length was fine.

I’m ok with removing almost all the cabomba and starting over with a few clean stems. They grow so stinking fast anyway.
 

MaeKay


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MaeKay


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MaeKay

I ended up pulling all the cabomba and water wisteria and lots of the rotala. I saved a couple of the cleaner stems and bleach dipped them. Then I bleach dipped and scrubbed the hardware (spray bar and sponge filter).

Finally I switched the light to the 24/7 mode and have it running from 5am to 10 pm. From what I read the max is only on for a couple hours on the 24/7 mode and this way I can see my fish/Plants without blasting them with too much light. We’ll see if it works!

It looks 90% better already.
 

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