*waves* New here! I'm getting tired of trying to do research on how to get rid of this algae issue I'm having because it makes my head spin six different ways since everyone seems to suggest different things. IDK what the heck I should be doing. I was trying to go low tech, but yea---obviously I went TOO low tech.
56 gallon column started 2 years ago. 5Goldfish/1BN plec/4 EMcorycats. I have some Nerite snails too. I know eventually I'll have to re-home 2 GF. Temp stays about 60-62 I try to keep it low. I have 2 CFL's 26w 6500k and one blue CFL for night (not sure on color temp just one of those blue bulbies) I THINK I keep days on 9-12 hrs. Substrate is eco complete (from 2 years ago). Running a Rena Filstar Xp3 (Flow Rate: 175 U.S. gal : 350 U.S. gal/hr ). No C02, no ferts. Everything is covered in BBA particularly my Anubias (of course) and my flow outlet.
If you tell me what I need to do for the size tank I have---I'd love to do it. Starting over is not an option as I will sacrifice my plants for my fish since I've had these GF for quite awhile.
Those floaty things used to be sea mines I had made for the tank...now they just look like floaty moss balls. Which is funny becauae I CAN'T grow moss balls.
I also have a 29 set up early last year. Same issue, less severe. I dose with Excel (or have been trying to OD I guess) Penguin 350. Lighting is one 26w 6500k and one 13w 6500k CFLS. No Co2, not ferts except Excel. About 8ish Livebearers/ 2 ottos/ 3 BF tetra /couple of ghost shrimp/nerite snails. Tried to grow moss, all died (I think it was crappy terrestrial moss anyway).
(not sure if this is from snails or another type of algae)
Same thing here. I don't care to buy CO2 I just really need to know what size is appropriate. Dosing, what ferts work the best. etc etc.
I'm stuck with too many options and not enough brain. I'll research options I just need to be pointed in the correct direction. A WWYD with these tanks would be great!
Thanks guys n gals!