Hello everyone! New to this site.. must say I've learned a bunch just from reading the posts, haven't had to post anything until now haha.
I am setting up a 10g tank, and I plan to have about 3.5wpg (6700k), I have injected co2 diffused via a glass ceramic diffuser, with flourite for a substrate.
In my previous attempts at planted tanks, (a 125 and a 75) I never dished out the money for proper lighting, I tried to make T12 daylight bulbs work...but.. they didn't seem to work very well. Anyway I've always dealt with this brownish redish algae that would grow on the substrate and plants like myrio/cabomba... I could never get rid of the algae no matter what, which is why on this new tank I decided to run all new completely different equipment.
But now I'm thinking it's been my water supply.. here's some parameters..
GH/KH...soft, low kh, 1 or 2 degrees
No discernable Nitrate
Now heres my issue
PHOSPHATE... .5ppm - I know planted tanks needs some, but is this too much? should I try to remove it? or should the increased lighting maybe help the plants utilize it more readily? I'm panicked because I don't want that SAME algae turning up in this new tank lol.. any help would be really appreciated guys, sorry for the long winded post.