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Old 11-23-2011, 07:50 PM   #1 
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Algae

My tank has been running for a month. I noticed algae starting to grow. Isnt algae beneficial?
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:56 PM   #2 
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It's normal for a new tank to get algae, you just have to keep it under control.
Plants will reduce the amount of algae your tank will get but not eliminate it.
Be sure you're not feeding too much, nitrate excesses will stimulate the growth of algae. Make more frequent water changes but algae should stabilize once your tank is established.
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:28 AM   #3 
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Be sure you're not feeding too much, nitrate excesses will stimulate the growth of algae. Make more frequent water changes but algae should stabilize once your tank is established.
What would you say the limit of nitrate would be for nitrate levels? I didn't know this until now, I just figured 20ppm was basically the max level as anything more would be harmful... I never thought that excess nitrate would stimulate algae growth, but that's definitely a helpful piece of knowledge as I've been having diatom growth out the wazoo, even with plants! And all the scrubbing I've been doing... Q-.-;;.... Tiresome..... I use ferts, so that's probably why it grows fast.. Since the plants are overall relatively new, would you say that I just need to wait til they grow in a bit more and mature?
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