It seems as though 20 gallons is a little "large" for the nano section of this forum, but I posted here before with no comments/issues. so forgive me if I offend anyone twice
Roughly five months ago I posted with quite a few problems with my plants and algae, which can be seen here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-how-am-i.html
I tried to follow all points of advice I received, all of which was greatly appreciated. Over the last few months, I have done the following:
-replace old bulb with new
-went from two "dead" bulbs to one brand new bulb
-increased plant stock
-increased liquid ferts from only flourish excel to excel/potassium/iron/trace
-added root tabs/ferts
Things in the tank have improved greatly. My cory cats are scattering eggs everywhere, all other fish are happy/healthy, and the plants have done quite a bit of growing. HOWEVER, I still have this gross algae on my crypts and starting on my sword too. I added some nerite snails to handle algae on the glass and hopefully take care of the plants too, but nobody has touched the stuff on the leaves.....
SPECIFIC QUESTION TIME:
- what will eat the brown junk on my crypts? I can kind of
rub it off the leaves with a gentle touch, but I would rather get a permanent fix
-is there a mntc/additive solution that could fix this algae? I also see it starting on the sword, which doesnt make me very happy
- I have had bad luck with otocinclus catfish; despite a healthy amount of algae on the glass, I cant seem to keep them for a few weeks. I let the tank glass become nearly completely covered when preparing for the nerite snails arrival. I plan on doing this again to give an oto yet another try; that being said, I dont like buying this little guys just to have them die. thoughts?
- any reason why I shouldn't get shrimp? the bloodfins are the most "aggressive" fish in the tank. the only other competition I think shrimp may have would be my cory cats, but they are pretty easy going. my reef keeping memories have me seriously jonesing for some shrimp, I'm thinking maybe a gruop of 3-5 amano shrimp? would they help with the algae at all?
For the record, all this algae talk is from my concern with the plants health/appearance, I can use my mag float on the glass
tank: 20 gal tall
filter: fluval 205
light: 14W T5 6500K, less than... 4 months old?
liquid additives: flourish excel/iron/potassium/trace elements
solid additives: root tablets, spaced/replaced as suggested on box
fish: 5 black neon tetras, two blood fin tetras, two emerald green cory cats
not fish: amazon sword, java fern, crypt forest, 4 nerite snails
food: varied, and not on any schedule. some days I overfeed, some days they go hungry
A huge THANK YOU to all who read and respond. I could not imagine this hobby without the internet/forums. How did everyone do this before????