New tank, new algae outbreak. Please help, gurus!
My 55g NPT has been up and running for 12 days. I have 2 t5ho's (10000k) running for 12hrs a day. I know the light is on the high side, but my thinking was that if I started at 12hrs I would be able to jumpstart the plant growth to help the plants take root fast, and out-compete the algae. Plant growth is actually pretty good. I'm seeing fast grow on my stem plants and my swords. Even the Anubias is showing new leaves.
I have a few small fish and some snails in the tank, which I thought would also help to keep the algae at bay. But the last couple of days I am starting to see a spread of hair algae and another type of algae that is brown spots that are creeping across some of the leaves. It's not a huge problem yet, but I have some questions about it.
I'm not totally opposed to having algae in my tank. I want to keep my tank as natural as possible and algae can be part of that. I just don't want it to completely take over.
1. Will this algae slow and possibly go away once the plants fully establish themselves?
2. I can lower the photo period, and cut back to 1 t5ho bulb if it will stop algae growth, but I'm enjoying the plant growth from the 12hrs of light too. I'm curious what your suggestions would be for my plan of attack as far as lighting goes.
As I said, I want to stay as natural as possible. I have used a small amount of dechlorinator, but I would rather not add any other chemicals or ferts. My tank is dirted, and I feel like once the dirt adjusts to being submerged I will have plenty of nutrients.
I'm very interested in what your thoughts are! I can post pics if you need to see what I'm dealing with, but my only camera is on my iphone.
Thanks in advance, folks! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!