What kind of algae is this?

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Hi new to this hobby, wondering what this is pls and if there is scything I need to do....

Ada 60x45x45 tank around 5weeks cycle
OASE 600t filter
Twin star lights currently on for 7hrs at 70%, with 30min dimmer before/after.
Tropic soil and soil powder
Co2 in-line on the low side re levels (see picture drop checker just as lights are coming on)
Fertiliser TNC complete around 1.5ml daily, with TNC carbon 2ml daily
Currently doing 50% water change every 4 days, moving to every 5 days next week. Then weekly thereafter.
Plants mini sword grass, Christmas moss on bonsai and can’t remember what the others are (planted first week)
Only inhabitants are cherry shrimp, unwanted snails and some hydra which I’ve started treating with “no-planaria”

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Hi all,
Tank growth looks pretty good. You don't need to add the liquid carbon if you have CO2, although it may have algaecidal properties.
and can’t remember what the others are (planted first week)
A Blyxa sp., Cyperus helferi or Juncus repens? Eleocharis sp. and Amazon Frogbit?
around 5weeks cycle
Only inhabitants are cherry shrimp
I'm intrigued by this, when you say "cycle", what exactly do you mean?

cheers Darrel
 
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I’m cycling the tank in order to build up good bacteria so that I can put fish in the tank. As I understand this is somewhere between 6-8 weeks in duration. Apologies if I’m using wrong terminology.
 

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Yesterday, I replaced the 2nd layer of spong in the filter with soft neo media, so should help with improved flow, otherwise I’ll re-position the outlet to the front of the tank. I’ll prune the affected areas and see where I go with that.

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Hi all,
I’m cycling the tank in order to build up good bacteria so that I can put fish in the tank. As I understand this is somewhere between 6-8 weeks in duration.
Perfect, once the tank has grown in you can add fish. If you are worried about ammonia, you can just let the floating plants grow a bit more.

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is this still stag horn algae? Pruned the original pieces, but this seems to come back in clumps. Is seachem excel safe for shrimp and fry?
 

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It does look like stag horn, but I have no ammoni, flow is good oase600t for an ada60x45 tank. Nutrition should be ok, adding tnc complete daily 4ml.
also is seachem excel not the same as tnc carbon? Which I’m currently using
 

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Excel and liquid carbon is different name of the same chemical, Glutaldehyde. There are other names too such as Easy Carbon. The only difference is the concentration. So read the instruction for recommended dosage. I dose 2 ppm Glutaldehyde to my shrimp tank occasionally and have not killed any shrimp, but my shrimp aren’t multiplying which can be attributed to a multitude of factors.
 

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Hi all,

Definitely Stagshorn (Compsopogon). You might find with less media in your filter that once this has been removed you don't get it again. We don't know <"what causes it">.

cheers Darrel
Sorry what do mean by less media in the filter? I’ve been gradually removing the sponge and replacing with neo media soft.
 

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Hi all,
Sorry what do mean by less media in the filter? I’ve been gradually removing the sponge and replacing with neo media soft
I'm guessing that the <"Neo soft"> is going to impede flow through the filter less than the sponge, leading to <"higher levels of oxygenation"> and potentially <"complete oxidation">. These are unalloyed good things, whatever you may read on the WWW.

We think that Staghorn Algae outbreaks may be more likely where we have higher levels of dissolved organic matter (DOM).

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Hi. Forgive my ignorance, but “unalloyed”? and in terms of DOM is there anything I can do to test this, or resolve the issue?

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