Can't seem to get rid of GSA

flygja

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Hey guys, hope you can help me out here. Firstly, a picture of my tank and its specs.
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90cm x 45cm x 45cm ~140 litres
Filtered with an Eheim 2215 and a Tetratec EX90
Lit with 4x 36W Philips 865 6500K fluorescent lights with reflectors 8 hours per day
Injected with pressurised CO2 via 2 inline reactors at 2-3 bps
Base is ADA Amazonia II with Shirui decorative sand
Fertilised with EI:
6g KNO3
0.7g K2SO4
5.1g KH2PO4
15.5g MgSO4
Those are the weekly doses, I dilute 3x the amount in 250mL of water and dose 10mL per day which results in 20ppm NO3, 30ppm K, 9ppm PO4 and 10ppm Mg per week
Traces and iron through 4mL of Seachem Flourish per day which is roughly 0.5ppm Fe per week
50% water changes once a week

I have raised the PO4 dosing from 3ppm weekly to 6ppm weekly to 9ppm weekly now but the GSA just shrugs it off. It's even occurring in areas with pretty good flow like on the larger rocks in front and on the white decorative sand. You can just about see it in the photo above, but its gotten worse since I took that photo a few weeks ago. I use a permanent JBL CO2 checker just as a gauge of CO2 levels and its yellow in all parts of the tank where the GSA live.

I blacked out the tank before previously and it does remove most of the GSA but it just bounces back again. I wanna tackle the rootcause rather than the symptoms. Do you guys see anything wrong with what I'm doing?
 
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I would say its down to your lighting period being to long especially using all (4) tube at once - try 8 hrs @ 2 tubes with a mid day boost of other 2 tubes for 2 - 3 hours. You stated that you increased Po4 and that did not work so I would go back to original dosing - any way have a look at the attached short cut:-

http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/phpBB/ ... bdd6bd0906

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paul.
 

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Hi,
Loveley rockwork. GSA is both CO2 and PO4 related. If the PO4 increase hasn't helped, then try upping the CO2. That's a huge amount of light over a 35G tank. Some of the slower growing plants like Anubias are susceptible to GSA under high lighting. The easiest thing to do might be to lower the lighting if you are already maxed out on CO2.

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Thanks for the advice guys. I *think* I have enough CO2 based on observations and the drop checker. I'll have a go at modifying the lighting duration and see how that goes.

Another question I have is, will tweaking the CO2 + PO4 + lighting kill existing GSA? I don't want to remove the rocks to bleach because it plays havoc on my substrates. Blacking out is one of the other options too.
 
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flygja said:
Thanks for the advice guys. I *think* I have enough CO2 based on observations and the drop checker. I'll have a go at modifying the lighting duration and see how that goes.

Another question I have is, will tweaking the CO2 + PO4 + lighting kill existing GSA? I don't want to remove the rocks to bleach because it plays havoc on my substrates. Blacking out is one of the other options too.

Its just a case of getting the right balance between fertz / lighting / Co2 - hit the sweet spot and you are laughing.

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flygja said:
Thanks for the advice guys. I *think* I have enough CO2 based on observations and the drop checker.
Well your GSA doesn't think so...

flygja said:
Another question I have is, will tweaking the CO2 + PO4 + lighting kill existing GSA? I don't want to remove the rocks to bleach because it plays havoc on my substrates. Blacking out is one of the other options too.
Typically no. It's very difficult to keep algae off of non-growing surfaces. It's not clear whether you were talking about having the algae on rocks only or on plants as well. Under high lighting it's almost inevitable that you will get some algae on rocks/wood.

It's not necessary to remove the rocks. You can dip a toothbrush in Excel and scrub during a water change, for example.

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ceg4048 said:
Under high lighting it's almost inevitable that you will get some algae on rocks/wood.

unless you hit the sweet spot. my 60 was spotless, literally. even with wood, stone and anubias in full sun, everything stayed clean. i do feel that light plays just as much a vital part as co2. even with high co2, the light height is where you control everything.
 

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Hey Mark, I remember a post you made in your 60's journal, where you had some GSA on the Anubias, and you increased the PO4 way above normal and raised the MH lighting and it was gone within a few weeks. That statement really is my holy grail right now!

Anyway, I'm gonna try a 4 or 5 day blackout and see if I can control the GSA through lighting period after that. Right now its extremely stubbornly stuck on rocks and plants and white sand.
 

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flygja said:
, I remember a post you made in your 60's journal, where you had some GSA on the Anubias, and you increased the PO4 way above normal and raised the MH lighting and it was gone within a few weeks.

yep, 1 week. But i don't think the po4 increase alone would do it. If EI dosing is correct there should be enough po4 to prevent GSA (i think) it was the light height that seem to cure it. CO2 was already high, believe me and flow was extreme.

i did add more po4 purely out of hearing this suggestion, once the distance of the light/tank was increased, it went and the light stayed at that height.
 

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Haven't got a solution to your problem, but just wanted to say what a great looking tank that is - I love it!

Mark
 

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Mark, just to confirm, when you added the extra PO4, did it kill existing GSA? Or did you manually removed all traces of GSA and increasing PO4 caused it to stay away?

Mark (VXR version :D ), thanks for the comments. Its a nightmare trying to keep it clean at the moment.
 
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