This is my first attempt at a planted freshwater tank (actually any freshwater tank). I have only had reef tanks in the past....this appears to be just as challenging. Some plants have noticable growth everyday while others haven't seem to change in the 4 months the tank has been running. Algae has been nonexistant expect for what looks like green spot algae? on the wood.
I wasn't sure what species that was (that is buried in the sand).....I unfortunately bought it on a whim when I was first setting up the tank. I will pull it out of the sand.
Unfortunately I do not have anything that eats algae at the moment...I was hoping to control the algae by monitoring the water characteristics and lighting....if that is even possible. I know green spot algae can take over due to lack of phosphates. Would dosing phosphates control its' growth (assuming my levels are low....I will test) or will that just cause other issues?