I am new to the hobby, and really enjoying it. However, I am starting to see more predominant algae blooms in my 75g tank. I am confident the biggest culprit is the duration of the lights. I don't have timers yet, and have been relying on the old fashion get up and turn them off method.
However, when I am at work, my wife likes to have the tank on, so lights have been running for about 12 hours.
My parameters as of today:
Water Temp: 78 degrees
KH = 5
GH = 7
PH = 6.6
Ammonia = 0ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 0ppm
The plants I have. Sorry I don't know all their names.
As you can see I have a circulation pump, so I don't think current is an issue. I even have a spray bar that spreads across the width of the tank, so my agitation seems ok.
However, I am now getting the following:
Algae on the substrate:
Algae on the back glass, but the CAE is loving it.
Algae on the plants. Looks hairy.
I know i have to reduce the duration of the lights. I have also been adding Flourish Excel about 1 capful and a half every other day.
Is there anything else that you guys could suggest. I recently did add more fish, so I am also certain that the fish food is a factor.
Been doing about 25% water changes as the fish were relatively new. There was some algae prior to the fish getting added but not as predominant. Should I consider larger water changes?
As always I am grateful to this forum community. Really enjoy reading all the posts, and hope to contribute one day as best I can.