Help! What type of Algae? Blue green?

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You have BGA Blue-green algae. You may have high nutrient levels in your tank.

This is what I would do:

Feed as little as possible. To maintain its existing bodyweight a 0.18g Neon Tetra needs to eat half a flake a day.

You need to get your plants growing fast so that they outcompete the algae.

I would expect 8hrs of light to be necessary.

You need a strong enough light to grow plants (any normal light will do in my experience).

I would not put any fertilisers or chemicals in the tank except -

- Ultralife Green-Blue algae remover will kill all the BGA and take you back to square one if necessary.
 
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Redshark1 said:
You have BGA Blue-green algae. You may have high nutrient levels in your tank.

This is what I would do:

Feed as little as possible. To maintain its existing bodyweight a 0.18g Neon Tetra needs to eat half a flake a day.

You need to get your plants growing fast so that they outcompete the algae.

I would expect 8hrs of light to be necessary.

You need a strong enough light to grow plants (any normal light will do in my experience).

I would not put any fertilisers or chemicals in the tank except -

- Ultralife Green-Blue algae remover will kill all the BGA and take you back to square one if necessary.
Ok, thanks for the info.

So you think I should stop dosing Excel and Thrive?

The fastest growing plants in my tank are definitely the Water Wisteria but they also have the most algae and decaying leaves. I generally have to remove and propagate the top couple inches every month or so. If wisteria is known to be an issue, what other fast growing plants would you suggest?
 

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Well if you are using ADA soil it has nutrients already in it, adding in more with (excel and thrive) they are just added nutrients which causes the algae.
 

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