hello all, brand spankin new here. hope to pick all of your brains
so here are my water specs that i just took a day after having done my first dose of flourish comprehensive and phosphate supplement:
Temp = 80F
pH = 7.6
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0.1
Nitrate = 15 mg/L
Phosphate = 0.5-1 mg/L
KH = 90mg/L = excellent buffer capcity (according to booklet)
GH = 180 = moderately hard water
have a CO2 fermentation device functioning
have 1 20 watt fluorescent FLORA-GLO bulb sitting on the top of the 10 gallon tank
light and it runs from about 10 hours
have a silica sand substrate
1.) larger amazon sword with about 8 smaller runners that i just planted
2.) 1 water sprite which i have also just made into two to help generate more plant mass
2.. 2 inch clown loaches
1.. 3 inch pleco
3.. female guppies
2.. male guppies
14.. brand new born guppies (very small)
recently i had cleaned the whole thing out, bought the two big plants that are in there now, and removed all traces of algae.
and now, it seems to have returned on the smaller plants
i've noticed that about one leaf in each plant has a very funny looking leaf. You can see them in the pictures. it's much browner, and seems to have some weird lines running across. looks like the leaves have veins now and have lost their deeper green. It kinda looks like it is starting to move to the big sword a little too.. is that algae?
it also seems as the algae is starting to come back onto the leaves. there are small traces of it on my water sprite now too.
and in general.. all the plants seem to be a bit yellower than when i first got them.
Is there not enough light? is it just because i haven't gotten into the flourish comprehensive "groove" yet. i have only dosed once.
ALSO, i have noticed that whenever i do water changes, i find that the plants almost immediately began to produce little oxygen bubbles and had some nice streams running up to the surface...(no this wasn't just from the water turbulence... there were lots of bubbles coming up) this bubbling usually only lasts for the day of the water change and isn't there the day after (25% water changes).
i have a small 1 meg video of the bubbling if you wanna see it. here
here's a pic of my tank:
so what can i do about this algae and does anyone see anything wrong with the setup i have so far? cause the plants aren't doing that great and i'm not sure what else to change.
i read that big beginners guide: http://www.aquatic-plants.org/articl...nutrients.html
and it sounded like i might be missing some of the macronutrients? i don't know if flourish comprehensive has Potassium or Phosphorus which are apparently used in larger amounts
thnx for your help everyone,