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Old 02-04-2004, 03:42 AM   #1
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Why does the beard grow back

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This is becoming an on going problem for me, last month I took apart my tank because of a Beard algae problem. Now I sure I got the algae because of bad water quality, I had been neglecting the tank for a while do to school and work problem. But things are different now I have time and I'm doing every thing right, 50% water changes per week and I'm back to my water diary. [/b]But the algae has come back[b] I think it's because my nitrate seems to be staying @ 10ppm and I can't lower it, I tryed 10% water changes for a week, nothing changed. All the other levels are perfect
pH 6.4
NH3 0
NO2 0
KH/GH 2 degrees
PO4 .25

so I bought another filter and hooked it up yesterday, [ is this the anwser?
What do I do? Now because of all the work I've been doing my fish are getting stressed out.

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Old 02-04-2004, 08:18 AM   #2
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Have you tested your nitrate test kit? It could be a bad test kit causing you to think you have a nitrate level of 10 ppm. Get a bucket and dose it to 20 ppm and see what the test kit tells you.
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:44 PM   #3
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The test kit is fine, I tested my tap water and my mothers tank both where 0ppm.
It's weird, I mean besides from the nitrate level I'm right where I want to be with everything else.

But like I said before the beard algae is on two plants and my piece of driftwood. I'm going to take them out, clean and cut off all leave with the algae on them. Is there any thing else I can do? Is the nitrate level why I have the algae? I've got questions, do you have awnsers?

thanks for your time and effort
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:37 PM   #4
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What is your fertilizer dosing routine. How much, how often and what product(s)?
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I use Seachem flourish and flourish iron

flourish 5ml once a week
iron 5ml once every two weeks

but I stoped fertilizing three weeks ago when I saw algae starting again
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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you never mentioned lighting, or CO2. how much light,a nd are you injecting CO2?

I'd also change the flourish dosing to 1mL or so every other day. I never dose 5mL of Flourish in my 75gallon....ever...ever.

There's nothing wrong with 10ppm of nitrate...and in fact you probably want that to be the lowest level of nitrates in the tank. When I had beard algae infesting my 29gallon, my phosphates were 1.3ppm, and nitrate was definitely under 10ppm...close to 5ppm as near as I could tell off my test kit.
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Old 02-06-2004, 02:36 AM   #7
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well,


I have three 96w 5000K bulbs and two 65w 50/50
as for co2, two bubbles per sec
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It could well be the 50/50 lights.
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I don't really understand how that could be? I've never herd anything like that before, can you explain?

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The actinic part of the bulb does very little for plant growth. But the algae could very well be loving it.
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