Alright, Its been a weekend of changes for the tank! Hopefully, we're on the right track now and will start to see some improvement.
The light is still not dimmed yet, that component is being shipped but here's where we're at.
Also got some photos of the tank.
should be 3 shots in this album, one right after cleaning on friday, one after the addition of the plants on saturday, and one on sunday after things setted. Not to much difference in algae yet but the new plants look good!
Friday night I did a deep clean on the tank and cut away any dead leaves that were a result of the light deprivation. Luckily most of our plants faired pretty well, downside so did the algae, but at least it did not grow any further so that's kind of a win.
On Saturday we purchased Excel and a couple of stem plants. Those plants were added in and we did our first large dose of excel based following the bottle's instructions. Sunday and today got the smaller recommended dose. So far not really any difference, but still not getting any worse even with the light on at regular power.
Tomorrow ill be doing a large water change following what Fermentedfunk, Moke, and Stlhokie recommended.
Fermentedfunk - thank you for clarifying that! I know I've accidentally rinsed the sponge using the tap in the past. I'll make sure to not let that happen again! haha
Moke - what do you think after the next water change. Do you let things balance out and see what happens to the algae or do I continue dosing the Excel on a regular schedule?
Stlhokie- I wish we could lower our temp a bit but unfortunately 78 is getting to the minimum temp some of our fish can handle. And thanks for the recommendation for the test kit, It seems like those things are pricing no matter which one you get, so I at least want to know its one people aprove of haha.
Deedledee- Im glad to hear that your tank recovered! Luckily our algae is only in a few spots and hasn't started to spread much but im hoping we can take care of it early. Thats the strange thing too is we go no new plants or critters since the tank was reset, I suppose it may have tagged along with something early on and the conditions wernt right until now. Like you mentioned I think ill be doing quite a few water changes in the coming weeks haha.