Algae problems

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    Hey guys,

    So I setup a new tank and it started off well, now it's just a mess, full of algae. Any advice?

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    how many WC are you doing, algae loves ammonia!
     
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    2 weeks ago I did 4 wc in that week, but my fish had white spot. Now I do a weekly wc.

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    how big is the WC?
     
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    What ferts are you adding?
     
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    Good question and what filtration are you running and lights?
     
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    Haha might aswell give the whole pedigree.
     
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    OK,

    1000l/h sicce filter
    4 x 39w T5 lights, 2 daylight, 2 natural(pink)
    This tank is only 3 weeks old, I've only added NPK twice.

    That's all.
     
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    Sorry for all the questions:

    How long is the lights on per day
    How long before lights come on do you add CO2 and how long before the lights go out do you stop
    Does the tank get any sunlight
    What is your current water parameters -

    Ammonmia
    Nitrite
    Nitrate
     
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    Last 2 pics look like fungus rather than algae. First couple looks like GDA and diatoms
     
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    Thats just algae at the bottom of the glass, I was not able to scrape it off.
     
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    Jp,

    The lights and CO2 go on at the same time. The lights are on for 8hours a day. No sunlight. I have no ideas about the water parameters, but I do add Seachem prime after a water change.
     
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    Brown Algae:

    are more likely to appear in low-light aquariums and new setups, where nitrogen (N) is low and phosphate (P) level is high, with excess silicate (SiO2). It's been known that strong lights make this algae go away, but they might still be seen on lower, shadowed, plant leaves (Bacopa australis, Cardamine lyrata). It can also be found on aquarium glass, gravel and decoration. It can be easily removed manually, since it has a soft/slimy structure. Siamese Algae Eaters, Otos (this catfish relishes this type of algae) and Snails can easily keep this algae in low numbers. Healthy plants can prevent this algae from over taking the tank.
     
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    Nice description Vez that flyer comes handy hey? ;)
    Okay if you setup an aquarium chances are you are going to have some algae.
    I would also suggest get some other tubes than those pinkish ones, get some plant tubes maybe. Something like growlux?
     
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    Looks like new tank algae.. I normally see this when I setup a new tank.. Upping the CO2 usually gets rid of this algae for me:) how many BPS is set on ur CO2?
     
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    I'm going to go with shihr and say its the typical algae outbreaks new tanks experience.

    However just a small observation, the surface has loads of floating bits, these all decomposes I would guess and release ammonia and other stuff which the algae could be taking advantage of?
     
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    I'm on 5bps, maybe 6, very hard to count.

    I'll remove all the floating bits.
     
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    That is pretty high.. Scrape off all the algae and remove all the decaying bits next time before I do ur wc.. Just gotta be patient and consistent with ur wc
     
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    I can do that. Should I setup my UV filter in this tank for now?
     

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