Here is my 5 gallon (very low-tech) tank. I fully admit that this is the first time I have attempted a tank with live plants. I now love the plants but have an algae problem.
Specs: ~11 watt full spectrum bulb, no ferts, no CO2, water change about every week and a half, manzanita wood, java moss, hornwort, java fern, miniature lilly, one betta, one oto, a few ghost shrimp.
Its a newer tank and I got brown algae so I got an oto. The oto has done an amazing job at eating all of the diatoms off of the glass, java fern, and lilly. I thought that the algae on the moss and hornwort was brown algae as well but the oto does not want to eat it. I do not know if this is because it only like to eat off of the flat surfaces. However, I now have tons of this algea -- only on the java moss and hornwort. As the algae accumulates it seems to have a web-like structure.
My plants have been growing great, besides the brown algae and a little GSA which I clean off of the front glass. Please help a newbie out!