Everyone starts somewhere. I recommend researching up on the nitrogen cycle also if you haven't already, it will help explain quite a bit of what is happening in your tank. How much are you changing at a time when you do a water change? To assist in controlling the algae, lighten up on feeding, keep your light cycle low (6 - 8 hours, max), and increase your water changes to 25% twice a week until the algae is in control. Adding an air stone like previously suggested will introduce more oxygen into your tank, which will also help. After that, weekly 25% water changes will assist with keeping the algae down. You could also do water changes with distilled water (make sure it's as close to the same temp as possible). Tap water has quite a bit of fertilizer in it that can cause algae blooms if there are other factors involved, like overfeeding. Most fish stores will test your water for free (if you don't have a kit. You seem to know the water is ok already). If you do have a test kit, make sure it is a drop solution and not the strips (very inaccurate). Flourescent lights need to be changed out every 6 months, they aren't useful at all after that. You could consider upgrading your light, but it sounds like you want to keep things simple. Anubias need to be out of the substrate. You can easily attach it with a rubberband or fishing line to a rock, ornament or driftwood. Leave it there for a few weeks to a month to let the roots 'grab hold' of the hardscape, and it will love it. Hope this helps.
Also, that Red Tailed Shark will outgrow your tank quite fast. You might want to think about rehoming him. He also can get quite aggressive.
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Last edited by Ashnic05; 10-15-2013 at 01:09 AM.