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Old 07-19-2014, 02:51 PM   #1 
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Algae and Marimo moss balls

With my 10 gallon tank I have very strong lighting using Zoo Med Ultra Sun light bulbs. I will leave my lights on 11 am till 11 pm. And if i didn't shut off my lights for only 4 hours of light my moss balls start to die but i wont have any algae. But my moss balls need much light but that will make algae grow? So i'm mixed between having moss balls or having no algae, any solutions? Thank you and have a wonderful day!
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:56 PM   #2 
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Hi Jessica,

Lighting is only one component for algae growth. It is also influenced by the amount of excess nutrients, as well as any dissolved organic compounds, in the water. The final element is how much competition does the algae have for these nutrients.

Can you tell me if you have any live plants in your tank, and if you do, what types are they?
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I have 2 anubis nana and three java fern.
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Hello,

Do you use fertilizer? If so, what kind?

As a general rule, anubias and java ferns are slow growing plants. While Marimo balls are also slow growing, they can suck in a good bit of nutrients.

What is the condition of your other plants?

Importantly, what kind of algae are you getting?
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There are some things you can do now to get the algae under control. Cut back on dosing if you are doing any, add carbon filtration to your filter to remove DOC from the water and keep it fresh, get some floating plants (Frogbit and Duckweed are good choices), and reduce the intensity of your light. The simplest way is to wrap gauze around your light.

You can also put your lights on a timer. I keep mine on a 5 on, 4 off, 5 on cycle. It's a way to manage CO2 to keep plants at peak efficiency

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