Need help in Algae control (beginner)

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SonsOfGuppies

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I have run my fish tank for 7 1/2 months already, and i keep experiencing algae bloom. I am running a low tech Planted tank (dosed regularly with excel and less than half recommended dose of ferts).

So far i know Light intensity and duration, feeding amount and frequency, and water changes affect the way algae bloom.

I'm running 2 T5 light bulbs, with one 16w LED. I tried reducing light up to 11 1/2 hours. I kept both on since if one is off, the tank looks dimmer. Lights on at 9:00am and off at 8:00pm (sun goes up at 6am in my place)

My Tank is close to the window, but it is curtained with an extra covering

I reduced feeding frequency so feeding goes once every 2 to 3 days.

I tried changing 50% of the water before but the algae keep growing back.

I haven't seen a day with very little algae.

I don't think scrubbing the glass wall is a good idea. It turns the water greener.
 

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I have a bit of an algae problem as well. This may not be the best solution but when I started seeing that I had such an algae issue I picked up 3 nerites. The nerite snails did an excellent job of cleaning my ornaments but they rarely cleaned the glass. I picked up a few oto's and now I still have algae from time to time but between the nerites, otos, and a stringent lighting schedule, it's not a huge ordeal anymore.

If you do have to scrub the glass, the mag float works pretty well.
 

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100% agree on the Mag Float. I only clean the front glass once per week with it and leave the other three sides for the Nerites and BNPlecos to enjoy.
 

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I love my mag float too. I clean the front and sides every few days it is so easy but I am leaving the back with some green algae for the snails and mollies. Also, I have read if you leave algae somewhere in your tank it tends not to take over other areas.
 
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