Thanks for your suggestions... I'm going to adjust the light today and will see if any of those plants are available locally ASAP.
As far as the clown loach, I never really wanted it anyway. I had alot of snails a couple months ago and the fish store suggested the Clown Loach. I was leaning toward an Assassin Snail, however, was advised against that. Unfortunately, my access to reliable aquarium advice is limited up here. Thats why I joined this site and it clearly has already been a big help...
Well thars your problem.
You are running a 13 hour a day light with a fluval 3.0 at 90%. Plus only a dozen or so plants, mostly grass.
Long and short too much light not enough plants and not the right type of plants.
Follow these steps.
1) Change your light setting to 2 different photoperiods each 3-4 hours long. You get a maximum of 7 hours a day light in total with a break of at least a few hours in-between.
2) clean as much algae as you can off the wood and plants manually. Use an old toothbrush, your hands etc.
3) plant at least 4 bunches (more would be better) of fast growing stems plants. Any fast growing stems is fine here. Ludwigia, rotala, whatever. Ask your fish store they should be able to direct you to a handful of options. Notice I said 4 bunches minimum. Not 4 plants. They are sold typically in bunches with usually 6-10 stems per bunch. You are basically going to fill in a lot of space with plants.
4) start doing big water changes at least twice a week for a few weeks
5) consider changing your fertilizer solution. With more plants you need to think about how you feed them. The root tabs are not great as the only fertilizer because you can't see when they run out and when they do your plants stop growing and you get algae. Look into getting Thrive. It's an all in one fert that you pump in once or twice a week. Pretty easy and well thought of.
6) consider rehoming the clown loach. If you love that loach then work around this one. But, it's stopping you from getting snails and amano shrimp which are two BIG elements of many peoples clean up crew.
Hope this helps.
The algae is green furry stuff.... I'll post an image later.
As far as the PH, it has been erratic since the day I set the tank up 9 months ago. Several days ago, as an example, the timer for the C02 had malfunctioned at some point during the day and the C02 was not being added. When I got home the PH was 8.4. And while it does not always swing that drastically, it has occasionally.
Thanks for your help...
By describing the algae as fur algae I assume you mean black beard. You said above that your Ph drop is only .8 ph and it takes several hours to get there.
Not enough Co2 is a common cause of bba. Try increasing your bubble rate so you hit a 1.2 drop in your ph when or or shortly after your lights come on. So for you that's 6.6 from 7.8.
That along with the advice from the other posters will help. Plus read up on the use of hydrogen peroxide and/ or Excel to kill what you have. Take your decorations out of the tank to do this if possible.
Bump: The algae is green furry stuff.... I'll post an image later.
Do you have a full tank picture? Is algae green or black/red/grey brush algae?
You can’t do high light and co2 injection and not do water column dosing. Root tabs are optional, dosing tank water is not.