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    Green algae spots on plants

    Whatís a good way to get rid of this?


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    Amano ottocyncles and any snail like nerite and ramshorn


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    Can you provide a picture? If it's the algae I'm thinking of, shrimp don't do much to it.

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    Here are some pics I currently canít add any more stock bc if I do my tank will be very overstocked
    Iíve also got some on the glass but I know I can scrap it off with an old plastic card


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    Change your photo period. Add a 2 hour siesta to your photo period as it is.

    If your on/off is 8am and 6pm, go ahead and make it ON 8am. OFF 12:30pm, ON 2:00pm and OFF at 6pm.

    It does not have to be exactly like this, but after 5 hours, Algae begins to flourish, so if you can break up your photo periods to just between 4 and 6 hours, it gives your plants just enough photo energy to grow well, outcompete algae, but not enough for algae to start their productions which starts at 3:30 to 6 hours+.

    This could be GSA, but it is very hard to tell in these pics.

    I notice some nutrient depletion on some of your leaves. For the sake of getting good nutrition to your flora, I would recommend removing at least half of the leaves on the plants in your tank which have holes. This will give further remove the nutrients that are going to the algae.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    Change your photo period. Add a 2 hour siesta to your photo period as it is.

    If your on/off is 8am and 6pm, go ahead and make it ON 8am. OFF 12:30pm, ON 2:00pm and OFF at 6pm.

    It does not have to be exactly like this, but after 5 hours, Algae begins to flourish, so if you can break up your photo periods to just between 4 and 6 hours, it gives your plants just enough photo energy to grow well, outcompete algae, but not enough for algae to start their productions which starts at 3:30 to 6 hours+.

    This could be GSA, but it is very hard to tell in these pics.

    I notice some nutrient depletion on some of your leaves. For the sake of getting good nutrition to your flora, I would recommend removing at least half of the leaves on the plants in your tank which have holes. This will give further remove the nutrients that are going to the algae.
    Hey nick! Thanks for the advice, my hour periods are usually later in the afternoon/evening at 4:30-12:30. So should I go 4:30-7:30 wait until 9:30 to turn them on again? I just got a new fert, I have a thrive all in one fert that I just started dosing. I will trim the leaves off the ones with the holes, one thing I did do is trim the plants in the middle that were affected the most by the algae, hoping itíll grow better and fuller. Thanks nick! Iíll keep an update on this to see how everything turns out


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    Do 3 to 730, and then 830 to 1230.

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