05-22-2019, 06:20 AM
Join Date: May 2019
| | Re: Plants are not doing so well...(merged with similar thread)
Originally Posted by aquabillpers
Excessive algae is caused by an inbalance between light and nutrients. Since your tank looks so healthy, it is probably very close to being in balance.
The classic treatment for excessive algae is to reduce lighting, not increase it. The idea is to give the plants enough light to keep them healthy, but no more than that.
You seem to have a minor algae problem. Adding more light is almost guaranteed to change that to a larger problem, real fast.
One of my larger tanks develops a slight algae film on the glass. Every week or so I wipe it off; that takes about 5 minutes.
As Michael sugested, please tell us more about your setup.
Finally, a bit of advice from dozens of thinkers: "In the search for perfection, do not harm that which is merely good."
I am increasing the lighting because my cabomba is dying and my dwarf hairgrass doesn't seem to be thriving either. They both seem to need higher lighting, and I can probably just bring down the amount of time the light is on if I see more algae growth.
I did explain my setup in an earlier post, but basically it is a freshwater tank with a small canister filter and a Nicrew light. I am not injecting CO2 at the moment, but I have in the past with a DIY setup.
Water is always kept around 23-25C and current plants in the tank are Bacopa, Cabomba, Anubias Nana, Anubias Nana Petite, Dwarf Hairgrass Mini, Java Moss, Amazon Sword, Jungle Val, and Pearlweed. There are some nodes of Ranunculus in there but they keep getting uprooted and slowly dying. I've seen some new growth shoots but they are tiny and I don't know if any nodes will make it.
Inhabitants are a single Nerite snail and a single Dwarf Puffer. There are lots of tiny baby snails in the tank because previously all I kept in the tank were Ramshorn snails and Bladder snails but I removed the larger ones once I put the Dwarf Puffer in.
I do a small water change twice a week and I dose some liquid fertilizer when I do, though I am still trying to adjust the amount of fertilizer added in as to control the algae.