Hey Everyone! First off, I wish I would have found this site months ago before I jumped into this. I've come across tons of material already becoming super helpful.
First things first. I have a planted 55 gal tank. (48”LX12.5”W X 19” D)(rim to rim).
I was convinced by a co worker to go with a Walstad Method and was excited after some research at the potential. Picked up some organic soil, and went with the Eco-complete Carib Sea Substrate.
We did some scaping with the material and added a piece of drift wood. It looked great right off the bat! Next, Added some plants. (S. Repins, Bacopa Monnieri, Anubias Barteri, Vallisneria Spiralis, Dwarf Hair Grass, hygrophila compacta.)
It was looking really good for about a week. Then. The Algae Bloom happened. It looks to only be brown hair algae? It totally covers any rocks or piece of wood, attaches to plants and becomes long and stringy. I try and trim off as much as possible.
It totally consumed the hair algae in about 5 days and half of the S. Repins in an extra day or so’s time. Aubias is covered in brown film algae as is the Bacopa with the hair algae. Compacta were fully engulfed and were gone in 8/10 days and were removed from the tank. The Vall is really the only un harmed plant. The S. Repins at this point seem to be melting/burning. Not sure on the terminology for this. But they are not fairing well.
I decided some Otocinclus’ would be the best next step. Store had four left so they came home with me. They’re keeping the tank walls and “Vall” super clean. Anything else (Sometimes the Anubias) won’t get touched. Fish have been in the tank for 13 days now.
This whole endeavor started may 23rd. I feel with daily cleanings by hand, and 40/60% water changes every Monday (my only day off) The process will catch up. Right?
Also, I have a sump filtration set up. Overflow goes under the 55 to a separate 10G with 5 sections 3 filter sections, a refuguim, and a return chamber. My return pump is rated at 400 GPH at max flow.
I have added no other “dosages” yet. I was recommended Flourish by Seachem but am yet to use any.
Lighting is 2 Finnex 24/7 planted plus setups. One for each half of the tank, rotated each water change and they both arent able to sit parallel to each other.
Please help with any thing you may know. I will add photos as soon as possible.
One of the Oto's and some "Vall" Growth
The "Melted/Burnt' Repins...