Hello. I'm new to the board, though not new to aquaria. I currently have three tanks, only one is planted and recently so. Well, about 6 months ago. I am just about at wits end with this tank. It really always looks like crud and I am having a heck of a struggle with algea-whats new-
I am to the point where I am ready to just rip out all the plants (they all look horrible) and start again. I guess I will give a rundown of what all is in there and any advice would truly be welcome.
Aquaclear 70. currently the only media in there at the moment are sponges and floss.
Lights= 2, 24w T5 bulbs one is 12000K and the other one is 6400k, I think
15lbs Flourite, covered with about an inch of moon sand
Diy co2(which has stopped working this past week. I cant figure out what is wrong with it so I think I will have to start from scratch on those)
Dosing Kno3 (as needed for nitrates), Flourish Iron (about once a week)
Plants: 1 Cryptocoryne walkeri
3 small clumps of wisteria
2 swords, not sure what kind
All of these have algae on them
Types of algae: green spot, BBA, Hair
Fish, 2 german blue rams, 3 hatchets, 1 oto, 1 bn plec
My issues: algae on plants, glass etc.. Slow plant growth, Holes in some of the leaves, general "unwell" look of tank.
I can post a pic if anyone thinks that would be helpful.
Sorry this was so long but any help would be really great!!