So the mish-mash of Christmas, Singapore, and Peacock moss on-a-rock has had hair algae growing off the hair net (same as the 3 gallon). I've been treating both tanks with about 1 ml of hydrogen peroxide on the infected spots once a day for 20-30 minutes without filter then do a 25-40% water change. The diatoms have not noticeably re-appeared yet since I did a good tank glass clean.
I've grown sick of the collage of differnt algae blooms I keep getting, so I broken down and got a bottle of Sechem Flourish Excel, with the hopes that it will help keep a stable co2 level and keep algae down with the increased plant growth. It arrived today so I will start the gradual introduction of it to the tank in the next few days (I'm assuming I should get rid of the hair algae before I start the Excel). I hope my plants won't be negatively effected by it, I plant to not do a full dose immediately but very gradually introduce higher amounts till I get to a common level used for a 10 gallon 'low tech/low light' tank.
Since the BBA battle and light adjustment some of my java fern leaves seem to be having issues with black spots, I'm not sure if its more new algae (doesn't look like the bba), damage from the heater, dead leaves from breakage, lighting issue, or something else. Hoping to figure it out soon, none of the image diagrams for flora deficiencies matched with this.
The two yellow-ish leaves are broken, but a few that are still green also have a lot of spots.. I should also note that none
of these spot covered leaves have plantlets growing on them. I'm debating about pruning out the ugly leaves and possibly splitting the rhizomes up (have at least 5 separate rhizomes on there).
I'm also considering getting a few plants for the back that will grow tall/grow out of the water like Ludwigia repen or real Brazilian pennywort (learned my tag-along 'pennywort'
is actually cardamine lyrata). Just to have something to block the gap in the cover so new fishies (when I get them) don't get ay ideas, and also to hide the equipment cords.
I'm going to go do another peroxide treatment now. Will post a tank photo before I start the Excel regime for later comparison.