i went to the lfs and traded in a ton of guppies for plants ($40 worth!!)
here is what i got: some sort of hygro (with bright red stems), hair grass, a sword plant and some vals. i also moved the moneywort from the 10 gallon into this tank. then i added some floating anacharis (which i read grows like a weed).
i can't tell if the algae is slowing down, but it is certainly not going away. i have also started dosing ( i need to get decent test kits: i have my eye on some after payday) and according to the dip strips everything is just peachy: 0 nitrites, 5ppm nitrate, "safe" range of hard water, ph and alkalinity. i know that that info is basically worthless due to its vagueness. but, it is what i have now.
now, this is the wierd thing. there is a lot of algae on the glass, the plants, the gravel, the CO2 ladder, the driftwood and etc. the cories, the pristellas and neons nibble at it. the ottos seem to be getting fatter, but my rubber-lipped pleco died. i had added a powerhead to improve water flow (per a post rec) and i dropped in some algae wafers b/c i rarely saw him eating.
i am planning on doing blackout starting tomorrow after adding an airstone so that the fish don't suffocate.
here are 2 questions: 1) should i run CO2 during this time? 2)should i remove the biowheel for this period?
which reminds me of my other question: the biowheel. i know that it won't hurt the planted tank (thanks RexGrigg) but i have also heard that it can outgas DIY CO2. so...should i leave it on or remove it??
thanks so much for everyone's help and suggestions. new pics after the blackout!