Hey everyone, I'm extremely new to the hobby of aquariums in general and maintaining plants in the aquarium. I've visited other forums and read a fair ammount of articles on the hobby, but I'm still having trouble with fertilization, CO2, and how to maintain a properly balanced aquarium. Here's what I have so far.
29 gallon all-glass tank (2.24 WPG)
65 watt Sattelite Power Compact Light (Dual 6700k/10000k Daylight bulb)
15 lbs. Eco Complete with added layer of gravel on top
I treat the water with Stress Coat, although I'll be moving to Prime soon.
10% water changes down weekly.
Tank is filtered with a Penguin 125 Biowheel (The up to 30 gallon ones)
Test Results show 0 ppm of Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate
KH is between 110-125 ppm
pH is 7.8
Last week, GH was at 200+ ppm, and pH was at 8.4 (I didn't measure KH last week, but it looks like the water hardness is balancing out a bit, which is probably good).
The inhabitants are currently 3 zebra danios, although I'm considering adding 2 ottos for the cleanup crew.
The plant inhabitants are anacharis, tropical hornwort, and jungle val.
The problem I'm having is there seems to be some diatom algae, and green hair algae is growing better than the plants
I currently dose with nada at all, but I'm the proud owner of a bottle of Florish and Flourish Potassium. I also bought a Hagen Natural CO2 System as an alternative to DIY CO2. None of these things have been added yet.
I'm not really too sure what I should be adding for the plants. They're growing, but the algae seems to be growing quicker. I decided to look up our water quality information and out of the tap, the levels are as follows...
Copper: .453 ppm
Flouride: 1.45 ppm
Nitrate: 1.02 ppm
Organic Carbon: 1.06 (reduction value).
I have the tap water, whatever the eco-complete provides, and the 3 danios.
I'm not too sure if the Natural CO2 system would help or not, as I've heard that the biowheel lets off most of the CO2 due to water agitation. Is this true, and if so is there an easy way to decrease the surface agitation with a Penguin?
What should I be adding to the tank to help the plants compete with the algae? I'm not really too sure what I need to do to get rid of the algae and help the plants grow. I took some pictures last night of the tank, so here they are.
Thanks in advance for everyone's help!