I am looking for advice on settings for my Fluval 3.0 on this oddly shaped tank. I'm having a bunch of issues with green hair algae and plants that I've read are supposed to be easy (swords, val) do not do well. I don't know if I'm putting too much light or not enough. Or maybe I just need to make the jump to CO2.
I've added my current settings to review. We have the tank in the living room and my wife only works 3 days a week and likes to be able to enjoy the tank so having the lights off completely during the day is not desirable.
I have sand for substrate, and I use NilocG Thrive, root tabs, and Enhance. And I do a 50% water change weekly.
I have or had the following plants that I can remember.
Java fern - does ok but lots of algae
Anubius - does ok but lots of algae
Jungle Val - covered with algae, no new growth
Val - covered with algae, no new growth
Ruffle sword- covered with algae, no new growth
Amazon sword- covered with algae, no new growth
Micro sword- covered with algae, no new growth
Ludwigia- covered with algae, no new growth
Dwarf hair grass - never grows or spreads.
Bacopa -melted without ever growing
Cobumba - does decent but seems to be reaching for the light
Some kind of Crypt - doing ok but lots of algae
Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus - grows pretty good
Aponogeton Boivinianus - grows really well, so fast that no algae grows on it. It's also in the back where there is the least light.
These are my current settings, only had it like this for a few days so I'm not sure if it's made any difference yet, Does it look like I'm on the right track? Or am I just going to need to bite the bullet and start injecting CO2? While I'm mostly looking for advice on the light, any advice is welcome.