Struggling in this area and need some guidance - feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment.
Ive got Black Beard Algae taking off in my tank instead of the plants. Made a mistake a few weeks back and accidentally put some media in my filter that removes phosphates and nitrates. Yesterday took that media out and did a 50% water change. Before removing the media - phosphate was over 3ppm (test doesnt go higher) and Nitrates were zero. (Did not realize the media removed nitrates - was trying to lower phosphates to get the BBA under control)
Tried using excel since I dont have a co2 system (yet) which made my jungle vals melt ... Now using Co2 Booster - which is working a little not much. Looking into a paintball co2 system within the next couple months but thats for another thread.
In the past I remember dosing separate ferts and not sure where to stock back up. Looks like I need to add Nitrates. What is the best place to get the dry ferts and what is exactly needed? Also how much should I start out with? Nitrates should be 5-10 range right? Right now just dosing flourish and CO2 booster every couple days.
SPECS: 37 Gallon - 30" t5 HO 48W dual fixture - Flourite - plants are swords, vals and some stemmed plants.
Anything else missing or needs attention??