My plants are growing nicely but I'm having a really bad case of hair algae. I remove them by hand, twezzers, and wrapping it around a toothbrush. I test it and it's scary, it's at 10 ppm or more, the color of the testing is just as dark or more than the color chart.
Is it true that high phosphate levels cause algae? One guy told me that changing water only worsens the level of phosphate.
(I find that hard to believe.) He suggested a phosphate sponge or buy a R.O. unit to change water.
My parameters is as follows:
40 gallon tank....mostly moneywort, riccia, glosso, baby tears,
(and 1 more, I forget) Fish in the tank includes: about 10 red cherry shrimps and babies, 6 ottos, 5 small albino cory cats, 10 neons.
Ph - 6.8/7
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Phosphate: 10 ppm or more!
(I tested the NYC water right out of the tap, and it's about 2-3 ppm)
Water changes: Do about 50% every 3-4 days
I follow the recommended doses of Flourish iron, potassium,nitrogen off the bottle label)
I was using a Carbo Plus which I don't anymore, I'm adding Marc Weiss Living Water Vital until I decide which unit to go with a Co2 system. This seems to work much better than the Carbo Plus, at least I can get the riccia to pearl. I'll probably get the Co2 unit in a couple of weeks.
Ok, I covered everything about my tank. If there's something that I missed such as I'm not testing something else or I'm not adding some other nutrients that I should, then I'm actually not doing it.
Just let me know.
Please help me fix my tank online through the forum.
Hehehe...I hate the fact that since I don't have enough posting, I'm known as an algae grower because, that's exactly what I'm growing.
Thanks for everyone's help in advance.