Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Kansas City, MO
Algae bloom + snails near top
Hello all. Thanks to this forum, I've learned a ton about this new hobby of mine. My dirted 75g tank is almost done cycling but i seem to have a pretty significant amount of algae growing on the glass (as well as diatoms growing on plants). The algae doesn't appear to have much color. Maybe grayish? Some of it is being eaten by snails (i can see lines where they've eaten and where they missed) but in a few darker spots, they haven't touched. I just started dosing Excel in response to the algae 3 days ago, but haven't seen any effect yet.
Also, all my snails are at the very top of my tank. I first thought it was low O2 so I raised my spray bar higher and angled it down at about 45 degrees so oxygenated water would reach the bottom. It is not high enough to break the surface, but very very close. Since then, my snails seem to venture slightly further down but still not at the bottom.
My question is, could both of these issues be related to water quality? I just ordered a KH and GH kit but otherwise my levels are 6.8-7ph, .5ppm Ammonia, .5ppm Nitrite and 10ppm Nitrate.
All my plants seem fine, if not thriving. I'm very close to adding shrimp and an assassin snail, but I want to make sure everything is OK first. What do you guys think?