Hello everyone, have a few questions in regards to planted tanks but first a little background. I have become addicted to fish keeping over the past couple years mainly keeping one or 2 freshwater fish tanks and have just recently started into planted tanks. The medium to heavily planted tank i have now is a 20gal tall with DIY CO2 with a ceramic diffusor, Tetra Whisper EX30, an Aqueon quietflow 55, and an Aqueon 16watt T5 with a colormax and a 6700k plant light in it. Substrate is just flourite, about 2 inches deep. Most of the plants are low light to medium light. The tank has one full grown tiger angelfish, 1 glowfish, 1 albino cory cat and 1 platy.
There are 2 filters on there for 2 reasons. I always over filter and I always have a backup ready in the event that one fails.
I don't add anything additional to the tank. Not to sure what should be added. I was adding Flourish Excel up until I put the DIY CO2 setup.
The tank has been running for about 3-4 months and i seem to have decent growth since I had to thin out much of the plants. But lately I have a reddish/brown algae forming on everything. The green algae I'm not to worried about as it seems to only form on the glass and I kinda want it to build up for the albino bristlenose pleco I have for the tank.
what chemicals should I be adding to help growth? or stop algae growth? I know that the flourish is supposed to help but hasn't.
Is the red/brown algae hurting the tank?
And how do I kill snails
without using copper supplements? They are pest snails that I think I got on a plant from the lfs. They are wrecking my Anubis and watersprite.