Algae Wars – 20 High

September 21st, 2007

Ever since I setup this tank, I’ve been fighting terrible algae throughout. The wood constantly recovered itself with new hair and black brush algae. I would scrub it off with a toothbrush every couple of days, and back it would come.


I’ve had thread algae, staghorn, BGA, you name it in here. I’ve always been adding CO2, but it must not have been enough to thwart off the black brush algae. I finally resorted to chemicals, by overdosing Seachem Excel by several times the normal recommended amount. Combining that an extensive cleaning of both the glass and ornaments, and adding a hang-on Mag filter for more circulation I think the tide is finally turning. I’ve also added in more plants to out-compete the algae for nutrients. Hopefully I’ll soon be able to work on the aquascape without worrying about algae ruining everything.

5 Responses to “Algae Wars – 20 High”

  1. Oliver Says:

    why type of gravel is that???

  2. guitarfish Says:

    The substrate in this tank was ADA Aquasoil Amazonia. It’s specifically designed for planted aquariums.

  3. Oliver Says:

    so you cant use it for a regular cichlid tank set up with a few live plants???

  4. guitarfish Says:

    Oliver, you absolutely could, but it’s fairly expensive compared to other substrates, so there’s a question as to whether it would be worth the extra expense or not.

  5. Oliver Says:

    o ok