Sorry for your struggles Scooby2.
I think having an easier to clean cap might help with reducing your biological waste which can contribute to your algae, but don't give up! Post some photos for us and let us know how it's going across the whole tank.
I canít believe you guys are still trying to help me haha!
Which problems do you want me to take pictures of, clado, Spirogyra, or plant health? Letís not get started with some recent livestock issues...
Yeah Iíve had some struggles with this hobby but Iím not giving up yet. Iím still staying pretty positive, all in all the tank looks alright from a distance lol.
Iíve got a tiger lotus that is loving life obviously, gonna get rid of it soon cause itís shading everything out and interrupting flow, but it does have these green spots that develop into holes:
Iím still getting the brown spots on some lower leaf stem plants, donít know if this is necrosis or a type of algae:
Either the magnesium or the iron has helped the buce stop having chlorosis in the new growth, but there are some holes developing in the older leaves:
Limnophila belem has older leaves turning brown/translucent starting from the tips, also ďcuppedĒ leaves that fall off easily which Iím getting in my AR variegated to a more extreme degree:
Pogostemon helferi lower leaves still melting:
I have been busy the past week, and thus lazy about dosing, which somewhat coincides with a lot of these issues getting worse this weekend. So my best guess is a lot of it is stemming from micro deficiencies like was mentioned earlier. I might up micros, and/or add DPTA iron in addition to gluconate and CSM+B. I would like to reduce the number of solutions I dose if possible though...
Clado and Spirogyra are present pretty much in small amounts everywhere. I pull up big clumps of Clado and I twirl Spirogyra with a toothbrush when I can, but that never completely gets rid of it, not to mention I hate trying to get it out of mosses and barely-rooted carpets... I double dose excel when I remember/am motivated to, but it barely does anything unless I syringe the entire double dose onto one clump over the course of a few days.
So yeah Iíve got a couple issues, but Iím working on them and learning. I figure if I get through this Iíll just be that much better of an aquarist. Not to mention a few species are doing well, like Limnophila aromatica, L. repens, and L. arcuata. Even the Rotala ďEnieĒ has been doing much better!