Staghorn Algea Appeared

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  1. Kryptos

    KryptosNew MemberMember

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    So in the past week or so an algea appeared in my tank.

    From what I could find out it is staghorn.

    I add fertilizer every week, lights are on 13.5 hours a day, CO2 is currently at a bubble every 3.5-4 seconds.

    Change around 25% water every week. And I feel morning with normal feed and bottom feeder tablets. And in the evening with colour feed. Within a minute there is nothing floating in the tank anymore.

    Also using a liquid test kit all parameters are in order still.

    So from investigating online it saw that it could either be CO2 issues or too low filter flow. So I upped the CO2 to the above rate and pushed the filter up by a quarter flow.

    I also changed about 30% of the water again, removed all plants leaves I could see with the algea on it and manually removed as much as I could from the ornament.

    What are your thoughts? Will this deal with it?
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    What's your drop from co2? How much are you fertilizing per week? How much and how often are water changes, and what ferts are you using?
     
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    KryptosNew MemberMember

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    Hey sorry I never saw this till today.

    CO2 is at a bubble every 3-4 seconds. The indicator is almost light green.

    Fertilizing with Dennerle Plant Elixer: https://dennerle.com/en/products/aquaristic/plant-care/universal-fertilisation/plant-elixir

    I am putting 15 ml into an 80 liter tank every week.

    I have been consistently changing 25-30% per week but this week I did another change mid week after folks suggested doing it more often every now and then.

    I have just ordered Seachem Excel to try and deal with the remnants of the Staghorn as it seem this is the go to suggestion.
     
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    KryptosNew MemberMember

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    Well FWIW this is what happened.

    I upped the CO2 and did a large water replacement this week. I also cut my lighting from 13.5 hrs per day to 13.

    And I started dosing with Seachem Excel.

    This morning almost all the staghorn in the aquarium has turned red! Yay!

    So this seems to have dealt with it.
     
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