My Planted Aquarium Questions
First I'll tell you what I've got setup before I ask my questions
Swords (argentine and Amazon), Micro sword, Money Wort, Water Sprite.
80 Gallon freshwater aquarium
260 watts of 6,700 K light
Soft Tap water due to my home's water softener
Substrate is White Sand
I also use a UV sterilizer
Once a month I dose with Flouish
Every day I use the appropriate 1 capful dose of Flourish Excel
15% weekly water change
Now my first problem is that I have thick green algae developing on all of my rocks in my aquarium and I can't seem to get rid of it. I was told this is because I have too many phosphates and not enough nitrate.
Second problem is that all of the new growth from my swords come in clear colored and stay narrow and never really get fat like the old original leaves.
Third problem is that i've been told my several people at fish stores that I need to add salt to my aquarium but at the same time I've heard salt is bad for plants as well.
Forth question is what do I need to change for my fertilizers because obviously if I'm having algae issues then i'm doing something wrong.
I'm looking for some "real" advice and I figure a forum dedicated to planted aquariums would be the place to go. Thank you now for your guys help I really appreciate it.