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Newbie trying to figure it all out!

Hi guys!

Been wandering through this forum for a while...registered at the AC first to make sure my fish knowledge was up to speed to keep em healthy!

BACKGROUND

I inherited a grossly over-populated, neglected tank. After getting the tank healthy and increasing my knowledge of the inhabitants...I decided to add flora to improve their environment and help the fishes be happier! Little did I know, that not only does the addition of flora make the tank look cooler, but it actually makes the tank healthier...after that, I was hooked!

THE TANK

Here are my tank/water parameters:

29 G
Whisper 30 and AC 70 running tandem
100 W heater
Temp 79 F
pH - 7.4
GH - 6
KH - 4-5
Ammonia - 0 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 12.5 - 25 ppm
water changes done with RO/tap mix (2 to 1 respectively) - 20% Thu...50% Sun
substrate mix eco-complete and decorative gravel
2 Nova Extreme T5O 30" 2x24 W fixtures (10000k and 6500k)
--Total wattage 96 = about 3.3 W/gal duration; 9 hrs/day
Fluval 88 pressurized CO2, 2-3 bps

FLORA
Amazon Sword (flowering)
DBT
Cabomba - i think
Dwarf Sagittaria
DH
Balansae - i think

--to be honest, I just picked plants because I thought they were cool...such a noob!


DOSING REGIME
I am using the Seachem ferts, for now, according to their instruction:
Flourish N - 1/2 cap (2.5 mL) twice a week
Flourish P - 3/4 cap (about 4 mL) once a week
Flourish Trace - 3/4 (about 4 mL) cap twice a week
For the fish - VitaChem, per instruction on bottle

CLEAN UP CREW
1 oto (his buddy went down, getting a new one on Thur)
2 TRUE SAE...gotta a good lfs and researched here!
1 mini pleco looking guy, cant remember his name

THE PROBLEM
Like all of us, ALGAE!
Specifically, BBA and fuzz

Now, I have been researching this and trying to figure it out...but I can't seem to get it right. What is missing from my equation?

I'm not infested with it...my fish are loving me, but my flora are a little wanting

I am trying to figure out HOW to grow the plants effectively, but cant seem to find the way!

HELP!

theo-

PS - Sorry for the long post, but I figured I should give you as much info as I could, to get the best results!
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2 Nova Extreme T5O 30" 2x24 W fixtures (10000k and 6500k)
--Total wattage 96 = about 3.3 W/gal duration; 9 hrs/day
Fluval 88 pressurized CO2, 2-3 bps
Right here is your problem. That is a lot of light and it is difficult to maintain proper nutrient and co2 levels at that high. Try running just half the light for a few weeks and see if things don't improve. Manually remove as much algae as you can. I really think you will be happier if you turn down the lights. I speak from a personal painful experience: more lighting doesn't always mean healthier growth.

Without Algae, death of mankind would be inevitable.

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Hmmm I was thinking about getting a second nova extreme for my 20G, guess I wont afterall lol. Although BBA is supposed to be caused my fluctuations in Co2.


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Are you injecting Co2 (DIY/Excel/Pressurized)?
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I am using pressurized CO2...2 to 3 bps
I didn't think that 3 W/g was too much light for injecting CO2...
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