This is going to be a rather long post, please bear with me.
A few weeks back I bought a bunch of plants from one of the LFS in my area, Petown to be exact. I was told that the plants they sell are usually emersed specimen and tend to lose their leaves when fully submersed.
Just last night, I was doing some cleaning when I noticed that pretty much all the leaves on my giant hygros were dissolving. The leaves looks ok, but as soon as I touched them with my fingers, they became a greenish goo. My question is, what should I do with these leaves? Should I somehow remove them? Or should I let nature take its course and wait for them to fall off?
Also, I seem to be developing some serious algae issues. I currently have almost every conceivable type of algae spreading throughout my tank, diatoms, blue-green, hair, green-spot, and green-fuzz. I already lost all my foreground plants (babytears) to the cyano and I think my rotala indica is next.
How did it get this bad? My tank is 93 gallons and less than a month old. However, I did seed it with a Fluval 404 from another FW tank and installed a new Eheim 2028. Both filters are currnetly running at 1/2 speed to keep the fish from being blown all over the place. The substrate is 2" of playsand on top of 1" of Eco-complete. The temp runs between 78-81 degrees throughout the day. I have 220 Watts of 6700K PC's running 13 hours a day. The current inhabitants are as follows:
30 neon tetras
6 panda cories
3 German blue rams
9 Japonka shrimps
5 Nerite snails
I added the inhabitants over a 2 week period. I'm beginning to think that I pushed the bioload of the tank too far, even with the seeded filter.
I don't have test kits for anything, but I'm thinking I should probably go pick some up. However, based on past experiences, I'm 99% sure that everything (NH4, NO2, and NO3) will be zeroed out, mainly due to the algae. However, if I do go get some test kits, can anyone suggest what brand and type I should get?
Also, I should mention that I've stopped dosing my tank with ferts. For the first two weeks, I dosed with Seachem Fluorish Excel and Carbon about once every few days. But after noticing an increase in algae, I stopped altogether. I've also thrown in about 7 bunches of Anacharis to help starve out the algae.
Whew. Thanks for bearing with me on this one. So if anyone has any suggestions about what to do with the dying leaves, please let me know. And as for the algae, any ideas as to how it got so bad so quickly? And can anyone suggest some test kits that will help me in this situation?
Many, many thanks!!