This is my first post in the forum after reading through lots of wonderful topics. First off, I'm still new to aquariums (just about 2 years) so I have been reading lots of information and learning quite a bit.
Let me explain the current problem and then give you the background information. For the past 2 months, there has been a growth of some type of algae (or so I think) over the glass, leaves, and stems of plants.
-10 Gallon aquarium (kit from Walmart)
-Marineland pump rated for 5-15 gallons (has a bio-pad, not bio wheel)
-Tetra 50W heater (rated for 2-15 gallons)
-2 15Watt Life-Glo compact fluorescent bulbs (6500K rating, approx 9months of usage so far)
-bulbs are approx. 12inches from surface of gravel, no reflector
-I have basic aquarium gravel in the tank (seen in photos) as the tank was not originally planted
-I have no picture backing on the tank and back of the tank does face a window (seen in photo). Looking out this window you face East.
-25% water change completed weekly
Current livestock in tank
-1 gold cloud minnow
-1 spotted cory cat
-1 zebra snail (the shell even has this algae on it)
I had 1 Flying Fox which apparently was eating this stuff off the glass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Fox_%28fish%29
I have 3 plants in the tank but I do not remember their names.
I originally had plastic decorations in the tank and developed a brown algae problem (due to the direct sun light at the time). The zebra snail cleaned that problem up right away and things were good for a long time. Being new, decided to take out the plastic plants out and try my hand at real plants. I ended up killing quite a few plants because I did not have the proper nutrients and lighting in the tank. So I did switch over to compact florescent bulbs and started using Flourish products. I still don't think i have the proper nutrients in the tank which might be contributing to my current problem.
1) Growth on heater
2) Growth on back of glass
3) Attempted close up of grown on front of tank
4) Growth right above the gravel
5) Black areas on plant and something that looks like cobwebs all over the top of the plant
6) Different few of the plant in Pic 5
I am considering completely removing the plant seen in Pics 5 and 6. I have had to scrub the inside of the glass to get this stuff off and its over that particular plant more than anything. I had a ceramic castle decoration in the tank and I have removed that and scrubbed it clean with a toothbrush (will not put it back in until I have resolved the problem). I am also not adding any more fish to my tank until I get this situation under control.
I must point out for those who have read this far. I do not have any type of CO2 setup (looking into one before the year is over). My Flourish treatment consists of:
S - 2ml of Excel, 0.8ml of Flourish
M - 2ml of Excel, 2.5ml of Trace Elements
T - 2ml of Excel
W - 2ml of Excel
T - 2ml of Excel, 0.8ml of Flourish
F - 2ml of Excel, 2.5ml of Trace Elements
S - 2ml of Excel
It should also be noted that I have only started using Excel for about 2 weeks now.
I'm not sure what else to tell you guys, I really am looking for some advise and any help is appreciated. I hope this post wasn't too long but I figured the more detail the better. Thanks