Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
The algae eaters would help, but the algae is growing for a reason. Algae grows when there is an imbalance in light/ferts/CO2.
Sometimes tanks go through a phase of algae growth in the beggining, how long has this tank been set up?
The 3.5 wpg is going to mean you need to be accurate with your fertalizer and CO2 readings. When you say DIY CO2, do you mean yeast, or a you-put-it-together pressurized system. If it is a yeast, then it is likely impossible to get enough CO2 in order to balance things out with 3.5 wpg (how big is the tank?). If it is pressurized, then try to get 20-30 ppm. Right now, unless you have some non-carbonate buffers, your CO2 is 14 ppm, which isn't bad, but still not enough for 3.5 wpg.
Also, it is hard to tell how your fertalizers are working if you have insufficient CO2, so that can't really be discussed right now.
Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.