determining tank balance with existing algae
So I am trying to figure out the imbalance in my tank.
As far as I am concerned I have addressed, as best I can, the 3 main parameters and believe they are all instituted properly.
CO2: light green drop checker, maxed just below fish distress
Fertilizers: EI dosing schedule
Lighting: set at mid-high PAR (60-80) after gradually increasing power over 2 months.
After fumbling with all the parameters in the beginning and trying to find a balance, I now have algae. Various kinds. Staghorn, GSA, GDA, brown fuzz/hair, maybe BBA. It is spread sporadically throughout the tank in small amounts.
What I am trying to figure out is, how can I gauge improved plant health, when there is a presence of algae?
So lets pretend, my tank is currently balanced. It's very difficult to visually track continued algae growth/spreading vs stagnant/retreating growth.
So I want to figure out some type of control to gauge if the tank is balanced and if algae is retreating/stagnant or flourishing.
I have some new tops of Limnophila Aromatica that are healthy (no algae yet) etc. I have recently trimmed and replanted those tops.
If my tank is in balance, should the new LA continue growing ALGAE FREE?
I also have some new LA and Blyxa Japonica coming in the next few days. If I plant those, should they grow algae free if my tank is in balance? I am hesitant to include these new plants in the control, because some may say they need time to acclimate to my tank. So if I plant those, and they get algae, is it because my tank is unbalanced or is it because they are stunted and not growing because of acclimation, thus they got algae.
Any thoughts on this?
I have some other questions concerning specific plants (Blyxa being one), algae control through trimming and replanting etc, but I will hold off on that for now.