long time fishkeeper new to plants need help
I have been lurking here for month or 2 now and finally registered.
A little about my self- I have been keeping freshwater and saltwater tanks for about 25 out of the last 30 years. After the economy tanked and I lost my house I tore down my saltwater tank when I moved. It had been sitting in my garage for the last year, so I decided to set it back up. I didn't want to get back into saltwater, so I figured the next best thing was a freshwater planted tank. I have kept various plants in my freshwater tanks over the years, but never actually did a full blown planted tank.
So this is what I have
90 gallon reef ready with trickle sump
6 bulb t5ho 3 zoo-med plant lights(new) 1 zoo-med 6500k(new) 2 10k lights that came with the fixture used less then 2 months. total wattage 324 not sure what the par is.
2 lights on for 12 hours other 4 lights are on for 10 hours daily
2 bottle diy yeast co2 with a diy reactor (small powerhead into bottle, I figure its about 90% effective at mixing the co2 and water)
tank has been up and running for about 2.5 months first month was a fishless plantless cycle (ammonia dosing method)
I then added 3 platys, 3 guppies and 6 corys
2 weeks later added 10 pristella and couple of plants
last week added 9 hy511 tets and couple more plants
1 amazon sword, 1 pot of H. difformis, 1 pot of Ludwigia repens, 2 pots of bacopa monnieri, 2 apon bulbs not sure what kind (bought 1 of those packs at the petstore 2 bulbs grew. they appear to be the same kind), 1 pot of cryptocorynes wendtii, and 1 bunch of anacharis.
after adding all the fish and plants nothing was growing but the H. difformis and it was a pale yellow color. That is when I added the CO2. At about the same time I started adding flourish comp. Since then the H. difformis has exploded in growth (and its green again), along with apons.
The sword is kinda growing, but, the leaves are small and difformed. the crypts have pretty much melted, but they may have some new leaves starting not sure yet. everything else is just hanging in there, not growing but not melting.
Now the algae is starting, green algae on the driftwood, brown on the gravel. I don't mind the green on the driftwood it looks kinda nice but the brown on the gravel is starting to coat the leaves of the plants as well.
temp 82 (can't get it any lower with out turning the thermostat in the house down to 65, way to cold)
kh 14 degree
those are the only test kits I have.
So here is my question, how do I get rid of the algae. and how do I get the rest of my plants to grow.
less duration ---or combination of both
less ferts-more ferts
Sorry this post is so long, but I am learning real fast that I have a lot more to learn. I figured a planted take would be easier then a saltwater, I am starting to second guess that.
any suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated,