I have been at this planted tank business for only a little over a year, but have recently noted some problems in my FIRST tank ( a 29 gallon tank, low tech, dosing excel, T5HO 24 Wx1 Hagan glo fixture, Temp approx 78F, using a penguin 350 biowheel filter ).
The problem has been with algae. First, black hairy algae on the leaves that is tenacious as [email protected]
@#!$. That is getting a little better with hard work. Now I have some gluey morphous brown stuff that makes little soft tufts everywhere. I change 50%water weekly, using tap water.
PArameters have been good, with pH around 6.8-7.2, NO2 neg, NO3 <15, ammonia neg. Water tends toward soft, GH around 60, KH 40-50.
A friend advised that I check phosphate and it was over 10!!!
That seems high to me. Getting this under control....could this be the source of my problem.
Oh, tank inhabitants: 5 raspora het, 4 brilliant raspora, 3 yoyo loaches, 1 abino BN pleco.
Plants are java fern, narrow leaf hygro, various swords and crypts, anubias