It has been a while since I last updated my tank blog and things have changed dramatically. Over the last month and a half I was in India and Sri Lanka for a study abroad and my roommate generously took care of my fish for me. Unfortunately, he has never had an aquarium before and when I came back yesterday I noticed a large outbreak of algae.
This is a picture of the algae, I think it is either BBA or Staghorn. It's on most of the plants, but not the drift wood.
This is the algae on the driftwood, it is a very deep purple/brown color. There is also a little bit of Green Dust Algae on the wood.
I am not sure what these are, but they are floating in my tank.
Here is a picture of the whole tank. Note: the picture is a little overexposed and the tank is not that bright.
Finnex Fugeray 2
Eheim Classic 2215
1/2 dose EI twice a week
1 Angel, 1 Sapphire Blue Ram (his partner died while I was away), 2 ottos, 4 cories (One died while I was away)
Crypt Wendtii, Crypt Parva, Dwarf Sag, Jungle Val, and a dwarf lily that died while I was out, but I will try to resurrect
Initial Observations: My ammonia is surprisingly high and I will be doing a water change before the day is over. Three weeks before I left my SAE jumped out of the tank and (what I think to be) BBA began appearing. There is a fair amount of dead plant matter in the tank- possibly the cause of the ammonia. According to my roommate the heater was only able to keep the tank at 72 while I was away (it's supposed to be at 80) and forgot to plug it back in while doing a water change on Monday (the temp plummeted to 69 before I plugged it in last night). There is a fair amount of moisture in the light and the dimming process the light has been undergoing for the last two years has hastened dramatically. The Ram really looks quite stressed. The GSA is completely gone.
From the pictures can you tell if this is BBA or Staghorn? What would be the best plan of action to combat this algae (the algae guide sticky seems to be indicating that I should balance nutrients and possible reinvest into an SAE)? What kind of algae is the purple/brown/black (it only occurs on the driftwood and some of the older leaves, I had this type of algae once and DIY CO2 cured it, but I'm trying to be as low tech as possible)? Does it seem that my light might be shot?
Thanks for reading, any help is appreciated!