Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Help me with my 25 gallon
Not sure where to post this... it is a algae problem/aquascaping advice/what am I missing thread. I am not sure how I feel about my 25 gallon tank. It has a 24 watt normal T5 fixture, which should give it medium light. Light cycle is approx 8 hours a day, though not on a timer (I bought one, but haven't set it up yet).
I am not sure what plants are in there. The main stem plant (that there are a bunch of) is the one plant that survived when I moved last summer (I didn't set the tank back up for a while). There are 2 sword plants in the front corners that I rescued from my cichlid tank before they completely destroyed them (they looked horrible, with a few mostly eaten leaves and no roots). I have some hair grass in the back right. I recently got a madagascar lace plant, but I am not sure how good it is doing. It looks worse than when I got it. There is also some v. varsicula right in front of the drift woodand 2 anubias near the top of the driftwood.
So, on to to problems. I am having an algae problem. The anubias leaves are constantly covered in a fuzzy algae. The driftwood is also growing algae. I have taken then driftwood out and scrubbed it, but the algae doesn't want to come off. The v. varsicla and hair grass are also collecting a little bit of algae. The sides and back of the tank have a brown algae on them. The stem plants are growing pretty well, though, and the sword plants keep putting out new leaves, though some of the older ones have turned brownish.
So, if you managed to read all of that, can you give me any suggestions? What would you move, take away, add, etc. Should I reduce my lighting? I am REALLY broke right now, so I can't afford any expensive changes. I do have some liquid carbon (like excel, but a different brand) and some Seacham Flourish, but I can never remember to use them (I always think about it at night before turning off the lights, but it would be useless to use them then).
sorry about bad pic, it is from my cell phone
Last edited by im2smart4u; 01-31-2013 at 11:17 PM.
Reason: forgot pic