I have kept various aquariums over the years including reef tanks and for the most part they did pretty well. This is my first time with a planted tank. I have been researching quite a bit but I still have a lot to learn. I am having problems with green algae on the leaves of almost all my plants with one exception, a grass that grows tall enough to emerge. Only one or two leaves below the water have the algae. I have temple compacta which is growing fairly well, two anubias frazieri, and several java ferns. I had an led light that was the equivalent of a pair of normal output t8s for a few weeks before upgrading to the beamswork da 6500k. The tank is a 45 gallon which I believe is 22 inches or so deep. I have a dirted substrate with larger rock as a cap. I do intend to have a sand cap eventually or smaller gravel. I have 8 tiger barbs, 4 platies, some pest snails which I am keeping under control and they eat algae on the sides of the glass more than on the plants.
Yesterday I did a 75% water change. I normally do a 10% change daily. There is some detritus of course but I strive to keep it minimal. I rub as much of the algae off the plants as I can but there is quite a bit still stuck on the leaves. I also started keeping the lights on for only 6 hours. I had them on for 12 hours previously. If I do a blackout for a couple of days will the algae on the leaves die also? If so can the leaves bounce back? As for testing The big three are 0, 0, and 20. Although I do not have tests for anything else yet I plan on getting them as soon as possible. I do not dose co2 yet but I aim to eventually. Right now only 10% of the tank is planted. I intend to add more over time. I have been able to take cuttings and plant them from the grass (which was found growing in a lake) and the temple compacta.
I typically feed my fish sparingly but several times a day. I hope to add shrimp to this tank before long sine they do eat algae quite nicely. Thankfully I get paid in a couple weeks and can start amassing tests for gh and kh, potassium, iron, etc. I also want to get the right ferts but I am not so sure now is the right time for that considering the algae. I'll try to get some pics later on. Any help I can get is appreciated.
One other question while I think about it. Once the algae gets taken care of will the leaves that had the algae be able to heal? I know terrestrial plants' leaves stay the same when they recover from mold issues especially if they were old growth. I assume that will be the case here too but I am trying to be optimistic. Thanks again for your help.
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