Hello everyone, first time poster. I've been running a tank since July of last year. My tank has never flourished as I wanted to but I assumed I could only see such growth in high tech setups. For the past month however, I have been battling a nasty case of algae. I think it had to do with the new plants that I've bought that introduced it to the water. I bought some java fern and alternanthera rosaefoila. Hair algae started growing on the java fern, and green tufts of algae started growing on rocks and the leaves of the alternanthera. The diatoms that have previously been overcome are back and coating the frill plant. The water, a day after a 50% water change is foamy. The good news is that the cyanobacteria that I've been battling for a long time are gone. I'm not really sure as to what caused the bloom since there were a lot of changes made prior to this outbreak.. If I had to list it out it goes:
1. House got a water softening system so the tap currently has 0 GH
2. The new plants introduced
3. Started using NilocG's Thrive but stopped using 4 weeks ago to see if it was causing the outbreak (algae is still pretty bad/continues to come back after weekly cleaning and 50% water change)
- Aquaclear 50 HOB filter
- 24" finnex planted plus 24/7 SE, on MAX mode for 8 hrs
no co2, no ferts, but excel every other day which hasn't been helping much.
I'm very worried because the algae is eating away at a lot of my plants
Any help is very much appreciated!