New thoughts on algea!
Here's a theory. Every tank has algae, right? It may not be seen, but its there.
So the theory goes like this, Let it grow. I know what your thinking so let me explain. Letting it grow say on the back of your aquarium and/or on the sides, making sure to keep the plants clean, will in fact help out compete algae from growing on things you don't want algae on.
In keeping with the low tech philosophy, I do a 35-50 percent WC about once every couple months. I also only add ferts once a month. My thought is that at lower light levels and no extra CO2, the plants uptake of nutrients is very slow. There for all this extra dosing and weekly WC'es are kind of getting away from the whole idea of low tech. ie. low maintenance.
Although I am new to the planted tank, and have only been doing this for about 4-5 months all the plants are doing vary well. I have trimmed my rotala once, but I like the way it bends over in the outflow of my of my filter. It grows 4-6 inches past where it bends. The crispus has at least 2 new bulbs growing. My anubia has many new leaves. the hygro D. really needs a trim, as expected. The swords could be doing better but all in all it look good.I also know that most of the plants I have are easy to grow. But for a beginner I'm not doing too bad.
So let me know what you think about my "let it grow" theory. Or if I'm setting myself up for disaster?
75g, 3-56w t5s (11hrs, 5hrs full light), 74degsF, PH 6.8, Eheim 2217, siolmaster select, 3 Otto's, 14
ghost shrimp, 4 Red Phantom, 4 Black Phantoms, 20 White Clouds, 2 julidochromis marlieri, 1 farowella,
5 martii swords, Rotala roundfolia, Rotala macrandra, Rotala goias, 2 Java Ferns, 1 Anubia 'nana, 3 crispus, 1 Amazon Sword (narrow), A bunch of Water Lettuce, Ludwiga Repens,