Hi to all
This is my first post, my first ever fish tank and, obviously therefore, my first ever NPT. It pains me that my first post happens to be a problem so before I get to that let me first say thank you to everyone here. This forum, the information and advice within it have been invaluable in my making it this far and inspirational for me to continue despite the many hiccups and errors I've encountered already.
I am growing some fine algae and I'm not certain how to proceed. To begin with I'm having trouble identifying it precisely with Silk/Thread/Hair/Filament and I'm sure there were a few others all seeming like possibilities.
My tank is four days old, 45.5cm x 25 x 25 (odd size I know I made it myself), water is currently clear and my tests so far are as follows:
Date pH[pH] TEMP[°C] NO2[mg/l] NO3[mg/l] NH4[mg/l]
30/10/2019 7.000 25.000 0.000 3.000 0.000
31/10/2019 8.200 27.000 0.000 3.000 0.250
1/11/2019 7.400 26.000 - - 0.250
2/11/2019 7.800 25.000 - - 0.250
The first reading on the 30/10 is actually water straight from my tap prior to starting. I have "very" soft water in that it is rainwater. It is supplemented by town water and stored in a tank the town water has a much higher PH. I don't have the equipment to test KH/GH yet (waiting on the postman) I did take it to the local pet store who had trouble with thier own equipment so gave me an inconclusive conclusion of "very soft". To that end I added ground up "Shell grit" (basically just small clean white shells) in with the gravel.
On the first day the water was cloudy and the PH had shot up. By the second it had cleared and the PH dropped a little, I did a 25% water change anyway.
Light is a Phillips CFL 15w 6500k Cool Daylight. 9.5Hrs On (9:00am - 18:30) 5hrs OFF, 4Hrs On. The tank itself is in a well lit room but not in direct sunlight and the 9.5Hrs with the lamp on mostly cover the time when the room it lit by daylight.
I have no livestock, apart from three bladder snails courtesy of the LFS (A lesson learned) which I have currently removed to a small jar although they were in there for two days before I noticed them so I am expecting their heirs to show up eventually. Which raises another question I was trying to decide on, do I keep them or try to eradicate them? I should say that I live in Tasmania and many things are prohibited here including all but Mystery snails so perhaps Bladder snails are an optional alternative to your usual Nerites etc? The tank will eventually have a Betta in it if that makes a difference.
Anyway. Now I have algae.
I've read many things ranging from, leave it and it'll sort itself out to run around shouting and yelling until you go blue and pass out.
The algae has only formed on the one plant so far which is (I think) a Rotala Wallichii, possibly a bad choice to start with from what I have read but it was "sold" to me. All the other plants seem fine, in fact the Rotala seems fine otherwise. Water is clear and besides worrying about this new intruder I was quite happy with it.
Not certain what other information you might need, hope you can help put my mind at ease.
I hope the post looks okay I did preview it but being my first on the boards who knows.