Nah, it's full already :/ but i think I'm gonna take a jump, buy some clumps, and try to grow it! thanks for the advice... though now i have yet another question lol. I have a UV sterilizer, and am curious if that would help to control algae?
That's a definite yes on the uv sterilizer for keeping algae under control.
I have two high-tech planted aquariums which were impossible to keep the water clear in until I added uv sterilizers to them. The problem is that with the high lighting, CO2 injection and plant tab and liquid fertilization, there are so many nutrients in the water table that algae and bacterial blooms are inevitable.
The logical solution is a uv sterilizer, since they kill off bacteria and algae to keep them from overwhelming your aquarium.
There's also the myth that cheap uv sterilizers can't possibly be used to kill off bacteria.
As for those who claim that inexpensive uv sterilizers aren't germicidal because of the cheap construction of their uv bulbs, I disagree, since I have seen an aquarium whose water was cloudy from explosive bacterial growth clear up within 24 hours, after the majority of the bacteria had been eradicated.
I've also had success using inexpensive uv sterilizers from AquaTop, including their PF-UV25 hob filter/uv power filter/sterilizer. It works quite well, and because it's an hob, is portable enough to move to some of my other aquariums.
However, its media pad is small and really only useful for mechanical filtration, so I use it as such along with the uv sterilizer, and use an Eheim 2213 for biological and mechanical filtration.
These uv sterilizers really do work well at keeping an aquarium's water table clean.
In my experience, if you have a high tech planted aquarium and are unable to keep your water clear no matter what you have tried, a uv sterilizer will solve this problem.
I keep the one I have in a 20 gallon long aquarium on a timer with my CO2 tank and regulator, so the uv sterilizer is only on 12 hours a day. This helps to conserve the life of the uv bulb, while ensuring that since the PF-UV25 is on during the day, the algae and bacteria continue to be kept at a minimum.
I think a uv sterilizer should be part of any planted aquarium that includes linear flourescent high output lighting and injected CO2 systems.