First O'll start with my tank params:
* 29 Gallon tank
* 5 Ottos, 9 Dwarf Puffers
* 2 Amazon swords, a bunch of Anacharis (and I mean a BUNCH), 2 Thilantra bunches, 2 big Water Sprite bunches, Mondo grass, Dwarf grass, and Java fern.
* 55W CF light (12 hours on, 12 off)
* A very limited amount of DIY CO2 gas. I'm using a crummy home-made "bell" diffuser, and I may as well remove it until I get a Hagen ladder).
* Eco-complete substrate
* Water params:
~10 PPM Nitrates
~150 PPM water hardnes
~Alkalinity (KH) around 100 PPM
I should also mention, the light and substrate have been in the tank only for around a couple of weeks.
Now my problem: green "thread" algae. It's covering the tops of a few of the plants (mostly the Anacharis) and the substrate that's within around 2 inches of the front of the glass. It's also covering a plastic plant attached to an ornament, but I can easily brush it all off.
I'm wondering if the Algae problem will take care of itself once I get a better CO2 diffuser, thus allowing the plants to suck up more of the nutrients. Would this fix the problem, or just make it worse?
Is there anything else I could do to get rid of the algae? I can't use snails or shrimp cause the puffers would eat them. I just added 2 Ottos to the 3 I already had (the first 3 are eating constantly -and very fat- yet unable to keep up with the algae growth)
29G, 55W CF, 10 Dwarf Puffers, 3 Otos, an Amazon Sword, Anacharis, Water Sprite, Telanthera, Java fern, Dwarf Hairgrass, Hornwort, and more!