Trying to figure out my moss tank
I started my first planted tank back in March. It's a 5.5 gal. tank, with a 15 watt strip light, and a whisper mini filter. Ever since I set it up I've had nothing but algae issues. I've tied everything I can think of to grow moss, but eveytime it ends up coverd in algae. Oh yeah, I only have one fish a danio, and flourite for a substrate.
The thing that realy gets to me is, I have some moss growing on a window sill in a bowl thats doing better then my aquarium. This moss is pearling in the bowl. It's growing on a southern window sill that gets shaded light because I have a over hang on my house. I add water to the bowl every couple of weeks and ignore it.
I've been trying to recreate the conditions of the bowl in my aquarium but with a strip light instead of indirect sunlight. When I examine the bowl it looks to be getting less light then my aquarium. So I've been tampering with the amount of light I'm giving the aquarium.
I've cut out water changes on the aquarium and lessend the light by blocking most of it with 2 cd cases. Over the past week some of the algae has died off, and the moss is showing some new growth, but alot of algae still remains.
Anyone have some sujestions?
I'm on a strict buget and can't afford anymore equipment so I have to make due with what I have.