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Newly planted tank plants and algae advice please

sarat

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Hello everyone- I am uploading some images of my newly planted tank. I used a perspex sheet to divide the sand and soil. It was planted on 5th December into some Tropica Soil powder and I used ADA La Plata Sand. Most of the plants seem to be doing well. I've done 50% water changes every week. I'm thinking of adding a couple of plants in the sand but don't want them to take over as I quite like the open space. Over the last couple of days had some algae growing on the sand and glass. Think the CO2 may be too high. How do i get rid of it? Any comments or thoughts for plants gratefully received Thank you
 

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I'm no expert , but it looks like "Diatoms, Brown Algae" on the sand. This is normal for a new setup. It has been said that it occurs because of "silicates and ammonia as the filter and substrate have yet to mature." I got rid of mine by adding Ramshorn snails and bladder snails. It was remarkable to see them devour it.
Added snails on Day 46:
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And by day 49 it looked like this:
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Before the adding of snails, I was vacuuming the algae away every water change.

I have found that what works for me is to control the other types of algae by turning down the lighting until I found the balance between good plant growth and very little algae growth.

Hope this helps you get going in the right direction to get a stable biosphere.

Nice looking tank you have. I as well used acrylic to separate soil form sand.

For more pics but boring read this
 

Konsa

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Hi
as said above it is Diatoms and very common i new setups.It rubs off pretty easy of the glass and you can stir the sand to cover it up and it will die off.Extra water changes will help as will increased oxygen levels ehen your CO2 is off.
Its just a matter of elbow grease till tank settles. Once that happens diatoms go away.
Regards Konstantin
 
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