Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Springfield, Illinois, USA
I am battling to get my balance of light, nutrients, and CO2 in check, and as I have made advances, I keep discovering wonderful new types of algae. At first, my main problem was diatoms. The addition of 3 some otocinclus and more light nipped that right in the bud.
Then came the greenspot algae on the glass. I have managed to reduce it some, but I figure this will probably always be a little bit of a problem in a tank hospitable to plants. I can scrape with the best of them.
Next in line was cyanobacteria (not really algae, but every bit as annoying). The addition of CO2 (DIY) to help the plants out-compete it for nutrients, and more frequent maintenance to remove the colonies seems to have gotten it mostly in check.
Now, I have this greyish-green fuzzy stuff growing on all of my plant leaves. I have no clue what it is. It doesnt seem to fit any of the descriptions I have seen. Any help would be apreciated. I have seen reference to wiping algae off of the plant leaves. What tools do you use to do this? Algae scraper? Your fingers?
Here is a rundown of the set-up:
29 gal with Eheim ECCO 2233
Lighting: 4 - 24 inch 20 watt GE Plant and Aquaria tubes. I might add another tube to cross the 3 wpg threshold.
Plants: Jungle Val, Cabomba, Red Mellon Sword, Lilaeopsis
Fish: 2 Blue Rams, 4 Glowlight Tetras, 5 Black Neon Tetras, 3 otocinclus
Substrate (from bottom to top): laterite, top soil, construction sand.
Other decorations: River rock, petrified wood, driftwood
Parameters: pH 6.7 (artificially lowered by blackwater extract by 0.2 units), KH 4.0, CO2 15ppm (an educated guess since the BW extract affects the pH-KH-CO2 relationship), ammonia 0, nitrites 0, Nitrates 7.0 (just increased with KNO3 yesterday from 2.5), Phosphates >3.0 (above the range of the Seachem test that I have. I know this is a problem, and am trying to reduce it by less feeding and increased maintenance).
BTW, I just noticed my rank title. It is just about the most apropriate rank title for a planted tank beginner that I can think of. My kudos to the person who came up with it. :lol: