Help Finding It Difficult To Control Algae

BillCNC

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It's probably more than 25.

If you have doing the test wrong and not shaking the bottle every time, your test will always be wrong from that bottle. The solution separated and now the solution ratio's are incorrect. Think of it as if you mixed 50/50 oil and water. Unless shaken every time you pour some out, you'll be way short on oil in no time.

Probably getting a new test solution would be the best thing to do and from this point on, make sure the direction's are followed to the "T", lesson learned. Lord know's Iv'e been guilty of this more time's than Id' like to admit.

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It's probably more than 25.

If you have doing the test wrong and not shaking the bottle every time, your test will always be wrong from that bottle. The solution separated and now the solution ratio's are incorrect. Think of it as if you mixed 50/50 oil and water. Unless shaken every time you pour some out, you'll be way short on oil in no time.

Probably getting a new test solution would be the best thing to do and from this point on, make sure the direction's are followed to the "T", lesson learned. Lord know's Iv'e been guilty of this more time's than Id' like to admit.

Regards
Bill
While that's true, the error would go to the high side, not the low side.
 

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Thanks for your advice, I’ll start with the water changes and I’ll invest in some water lettuce
With it being pond season, it's usually more available. It may be banned in some locations due to its invasive nature though. Other floating plants are salvinia natans, Amazon frogbit, Giant duckweed (because the reg variety is too hard to control).

Also you can use pothos clippings and grow them out the tank or filter. Or you can also grow Dracaena Braunii (lucky bamboo) this way with leaves above the water line. They won't help shade like floating plants will, but they would use up the excess nutrients before algae can get at them, essentially starving it out. Again light diffusers (even colored ones like light blue or pink) help a lot if there's no live plants in tank to grow.
 
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Algae is a product of two thing's, ... To much light AND to much nutrient's in the water.

This WILL Temporarily solve the problem until you find the balance of those two thing's

1). Cut down on the amount of food given per feeding. This is causing the high nutrient level's.
2). Reduce your light to 6 hour's a day or less if you have a naturally lighted room with lot's of window's or the tank is near one.
3). Add living plant that are known to consume high levels of Nitrate's and Potassium. They out-compete the Algae and starves it.
4). Double your water changes to rid the tank of nitrogen.

There are quite a few Youtube video's on the subject of getting rid of algae. Try watching a few of them from the usual big fish Youtube people and it will all fall into place.

The biggest mistake made by fish keeper's is they are only concentrating on keeping the fish alive and is wrong way to look at it. Don't worry about any of your fish unless their some specialty fish known to be problematic. The key is to keep the tank alive, if you do that, ... Naturally the fish will be healthy because of that.

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Bill
 
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