green spot algae

Discussion in 'Algae' started by hixy, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. hixy

    hixy Member

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    Hello folks i seem to be having a little bit of trouble with green spot algae.my tank is 300ltrs and has an ehiem 2080 plus juwel jumbo filter the lights are 216 watts and are on for 9 hours a day my fert regime is this

    3X per week 1 teaspoon KNO3
    3X per week 1/4 teaspoon KH2PO4
    1X per week (on water changes day) 2 or 3 teaspoons MgSO4 (Epsom Salts)
    2X per week 1/4 teaspoon Trace Element Mix or 20 ml TPN
    I am also using presurized co2
    i change 50% water once a week

    thanks hixy
     
  2. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    It seems to me that GSA is probably the trickiest algae to deal with. I struggle with it too. Clive suggested to me upping the PO4 dosing (I'm now adding 5ppm 3x per week) and increasing flow.

    If you don't have loaches, nertie snails are great and controlling it.

    Sam
     
  3. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Also check your flow and CO2 levels - poor CO2 can also cause GSA - you are using a 4DKH drop checker to measure your CO2?

    I've got a plague at the moment in my low tech tank - my own fault, I cut back TPN+ dosing by 50% to the dose on the bottle and now its everywhere :twisted: Also I might have slightly too much light and hence not enough CO2 for Easycarbo alone.

    GSA is the hardest to get rid of, even Amano gets it although I should be careful or Clive will jump in to say he doesn't ;)
     
  4. hixy

    hixy Member

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    thanks for your replys i am using a drop checker and that says co2 is fine does excel do anything for it or should i go back to more water changes.

    thanks hixy
     
  5. milla

    milla Member

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    low phosphate levels and poor co2 can cause green spot algae in EI tanks.
    Been working on this in my tank for the last month or so and am just starting to see results.
    I have had to improve circulation in the lower levels by going back to using spray bars and increased PO4 levels to 4x normal EI levels.
    I suggest doubling your PO4 dosing levels and see how that goes for a couple of weeks, if you see a slight improvement i.e reduction in levels of new algae continue with it or increase dosage again till you see results. Remember their is no quick fix with green spot its a pain to iradicate.
     
  6. hixy

    hixy Member

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    thank you milla will give it a try :D
     
  7. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, I concur completely with milla on this. It doesn't disappear overnight though.

    Cheers,
     
  8. beeky

    beeky Member

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    I'd just thought I'd mention something that occurred to me a while ago. There seems to be a lot of "I keep getting a little algae X in my tank, what am I doing wrong?" type questions around and it occurred to me that some algae is completely normal and natural. Obviously I'm not talking about a plague of BGA but some algae, IMO, is bound to appear, otherwise algae eaters such as shrimps, nerites and ottos wouldn't exist. The trick is to discourage it as much as you can.
     

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