You should try to solve the problem or it'll come when you start over anyways.I'm wondering if I should just tear the tank down and start over.
I had a 10g that I brought in hair algae from an LFS. I had too much light and too little ferts in that tank (shrimp in there) and it took off. I cut back on my lighting and I added 16 amanos. In 2 weeks I couldn't find a shred of hair algae. I have since moved many many of them to my big tank but they were amazing. You need to put enough of them in to eradicate the algae entirely. They will find every shred which is something I could not do. I left about 5 in there to make sure every bit was eaten. I will take them out eventually. I think if you skimp on the number of amanos you will just keep the algae at bay.So I guess its up to an algae eater and excel. How many amano's would you think I need? I think that shrimp would be the only animal I could use because it's only a 20 gallon and I want a pair of rams and not too many other fish (I don't care for overstocked tanks).
In the meantime, I think I'll heavily prune the infected moss and use some excel.
Thanks for your help,
That could be part of the problem if you don't make sure you have consistent production from your DIY CO2.I have a DIY C02...
This could be another problem...since you are using 1/3 capful of each , I assume you are using Seachem's line of ferts? Seachem's recommended dosing levels are low for a high light, CO2 tank so you should be adding at least the recommended amount for your size tank and probably even more. Try following the recommended dosages for a while and see if the plants don't look better. It may take a week or two to notice any changes in the plants. It won't cure your current algae problem but may stop it from reappearing in the future.I normally fertilize once every three days or so, but I only use about a 3rd of a capful of each.
Since your bulbs usually come in either a 24" fixture or 30" fixture so I would assume you have either a 20/29g tank or a 20g long tank. I think you have higher light than you think but that depends on the height of your tank. If it is a 20 long, you definitely have high light since the plants are closer to the light source than they would be in a 20/29g tank. What size tank do you have?I also have a 2x24wt. t5HO fixture, but only one of the bulbs is working (I haven't ordered another yet) I'm also running a t8 15 watt fixture. My running times are about 12 hrs for the t8 and 8 for the t5.
It looks like you have too much light for your CO2 and/or dosing routine. Either increase your CO2 production and fertilizers or reduce your light. To remove the algae, try your preferred algae eater or remove the moss to another container and try using some Excel or Gluteraldehyde. If the moss doesn't make it, just get some more. Most mosses are fairly easily found these daysWhat am I doing wrong?