Good Morning Planted Tank!
I'm brand new here and brand new to keeping aquarium plants. I have been keeping fish for a few years so I am not brand new in that aspect. I have done a ton of reading but please be kind if I am a bit lacking in aquarium plant experience.
Not sure where to start.
Tank in need of help;
2 Aquaclear 110's with pre-filters
1 Beamsworks 120 6500k
Substrate is a combination of blue gravel from wallmart and about 40 lbs of eco-complete. (I am swapping it out slowly to all eco-complete in hopes to make my plants happier...waste of time or good move?)
I use prime as my dechlorinator
I use Seachem Flourish @ 5ml once or twice a week...usually once. I just recently tried a second dose midweek.
I use Seachem Excel @ 5ml a day and 5ml per 10 gal with water changes. (I very recently started using fertilizer and excel the day after a water change. Thought it may be ineffective having ferts and a dechlorinator together?)
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 30ish
Tested with API Freshwater kit
I do weekly gravel siphoning and water changes. I change 20 gallons a week with prime. Then I dose flourish and excel the next day.
I am probably a bit over stocked and I don't know the exact numbers of fish but I have guppies, molly's, platys and oto's. I have 1 pleco in there that is maybe 6 inches. I know (and so does the wife
) that the pleco is a common (called high fin at the store) and will get huge and require a big tank at some point. I got rid of a lot of fish 2 weeks ago which I have to do fairly often with so many live-bearers. There are also about 10-15 assassin snails in there. They wiped out my pest snail invasion (got that from trying out live plants) and have been busy multiplying. Even moved a few assassins to other tanks.
I have 2 main issues.
One is terrible plant growth with plants covered in algae.
Two is what appears to be green beard algae...possibly hair or staghorn? It is green, appears in tufts, spread very fast, I have seen a Molly eating a mini bush of this but they don't really control it.
I tried a few different plants and had little to no success.
I tried red flame sword, Cabomba, ludwigia, moneywort and hornwort...and lost pretty much everything. I have a few dying pieces of red ludwigia and moneywort left.
I have been successful keeping 3 different anubias plants and java moss. I added 2 large amazon sword plants two weeks ago (into the eco-complete with root tabs) and it is growing new leaves. I also now have a bunch of duckweed floating that hitched a ride on another plant many months ago...along with those mentioned snails AND leeches. Damn leaches took out a lot of shrimp...but that's a different tank and another story for another day.
The only course of action I have taken is to manually remove the tufts that I can get to without ripping what remains of my plants apart, and I started dosing excel at 2x the normal daily...so 10ml every morning.
Currently in tank...3 anubias, 2 amazon swords, a bunch of java moss and a bunch of duckweed. There are 2 pretty much completely melted red flame swords, 2 not really growing moneywort, 2 or 3 not really growing red ludwigia.
Any advice, questions, comments are welcomed. My troubles started after adding the new light, (in March), plants, ferts, liquid carbon.