So before I start or turn this into a essay, you can just scroll down to the pics and answer what algae I have instead of reading on if you wish, but I would appreciate all the help I can get on this matter.
So I've had my tank a year, I've only recently learned/joined the planted tank, never new so much about all this planting etc, its like a whole different hobby.
Anyhow skipping to the point and keeping it simple, I've learned and got DIY CO2 running, I couldn't test all the nutrients separately and am keeping things cheap as I can, so I opted for EI dosing, and have been dosing now for a month or less. I have also just bought 2 new t8 bulbs for my 90l, yeah not amazing
but its all I could stick with for now as my upgrade options was slim for the Fluval Roma 90, anyhow plant growth is going good and rapid.
But I have had this Algae problem since I got my tank set up a year ago, I think from my what I know it could be diatoms, its mostly brown algae and it takes over my leafs, and I also get a green beard looking algae, like thin strands which are green, but thousands of them grow over the leafs, and are very tiny.
I thought the CO2 would have removed algae from what I've read about CO2, I am also selling my Pleco tomorrow and am thinking of getting 4 oto's instead, as all he did was clean the glass and wood, and I can clean the glass myself.. and now he is big he can't really land on my plants leafs. So I thought Oto's would be a better choice..
Anyhow here are the pics:
Can anyone give me any ideas/solutions to fix the problem, If the problem requires money being spent, I am on a low budget I'm afraid and I don't want to spend fortunes into stuff I am still learning about, if I require tests to see whats going on, which test kits? and what am I looking for, and how would I change the readings with out RO water etc, as I cant go down that route for now.
I also have always had high Nitrate, its 40ppm or over, its in the red on the API, its out of my tap water, Its always stayed 40ppm... I have plants all over my tank and in my pond and I've never ever been able to reduce it but I've never had any problems with fish being ill or nothing, so I'm quite happy and not to worried about it, but if anyone knows great plants that love nitrate then that would help.
I have only just got into plants in the aquarium, and before I had any plants and it was just a ornament tank my nitrate was still always 40ppm, now I have tank FULL of plants, and at the end of the week Nitrates still 40ppm lol. Why they not sucking this up? I am sure my filter is not producing more then there taking in.
Any help or advice would be great and I am willing to spend like £20 on any test kits or anything I need, but only if there is a free solution to the result of the readings, as I cant being buying RO kit etc.
Thanks to anyone who can help me
Oh and before I forget one of the most important things, one of my stem plants and sometimes my crypt gets tiny wholes in the leafs, how can I have a deficiency if I dose EI, I read that's the point of EI, and I also have removed Nitrate out of my EI Macro bottle. I mixed the Macro and Micro solution into separate 500ml bottle and dose 18ml a day alternating them and rest day Saturday and 50% w/c Sunday then dosed with Macro.
Hope this all makes sense, and am still learning as I go