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low tech 2.5g under 15w?

My 2.5g has been about a month in from being re-setup.
It has an internal filter, with 15w spiral above it.
Substrate is peat capped with regular gravel.
Plants: R. Rotundfolia, HC, java moss, java fern, h. polysperma, l. sessiflora.
Algae problems. Fuzz algae all over.
What to do?
Want to turn this set up into as super low tech, what would be nice plants to add that will help?
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maybe add co2 or some other carbon supplement and some other fast growing plants, water sprite grows fast but would work, or maybe some stem plants, post a pic, we'll see

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Algae on glass makes water appear green when it's just slightly tannic.
Been after excel forawhile just no time to run to otherside of the city.
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ya, excel will help, it works wonders
it also looks like your hc is growing vertically, maybe when the algae gets under controll, add some more light

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So hc will grow vertically if there is not enough light?
I'm thinking of looking for some salvinia. sp to add to this tank to help with nutrients.
I'll swap the 15 watt bulb for 2 9 watt bulbs if ican find any of a wattage that small.
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HC is not a low-light, low-tech plant. It needs high light to grow horizontally and spread. My plant knowledge is a bit limited, but as far as I can tell, only your java moss and java fern are lowlight/lowtech. for a 2.5G, 15W seems to be too much for low-tech. You will need to had some kind of carbon, whether it be CO2 or excel. I would either lower the wattage a bit more or decrease the photoperiod to 5-6 hrs.
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Well i got some excel, and added duckweed, so yeah.
Well i'm willing ot do 50% wc's.
Going to dose excel everyday @ .5 ml until algae clears, at that point i'll dose only dose half of that.
Duckweed is added for nutrients, i like it, but i'll remove bits of it later.
Also added some to unplanted OS'ed 33 gal to help suck up nitrates as they come.
I want to change the lighting to 2x9w or 2x10w, having more balanced lighting than just a single bulb beaming down on the tank.
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duckweed will take over and get in your filter and get stuck in ur java moss, its a mess

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Using an internal, i don't mind if for now, if there's too much i'll scoop it up and chuck it in a bucket and feed them to my friend gold fish & koi when i go there.
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I think that you're overlooking the obvious -- manual removal of as much algae as possible. Judging by that photo, there's algae all over your glass, and who knows what else. Get into that tank, and physically remove the algae. A 2.5 gallon is small enough that cleaning the glass shouldnt be a huge chore (though it can be tough some someone with large hands).

Then, with the majority of the algae gone, focus on your photo-period, dosing and CO2, and your plants. You don't mention your photoperiod. Aim for 8 hours or less. I don't think 15 watts over a 2.5 gallon is too high, personally, as the relative intensity of a 15 watt light is quite low.

And like others have mentioned, your HC is probably going to struggle HM and HU are much easier to grow in setups like yours. Good luck!
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Yeah... well I keep it 7-2, so 7 hour photoperiod.
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