I've just been reading a post on here which explained that you need to supply 2-3watts per gallon of lighting to grow plants successfully.
I have a 13 gallon aquarium with just 15watts of lighting (1.15watts per Gallon) and my plants are growing fine :-)
I did have some Brown algae, so I added a reflecter to my newish bulb and upped the photo period. Added couple of Oto's and in just a few weeks the tank was as clean as a whistle :-)
Since then however I get a black hair like algae appearing on the Crypts and Swords.
I always thought most algae did best in high lighting? so what is going on in my tank?
Internal filter capable of cleaning twice the water volume.
Seachem products used
Dosing 1mg excell daily, 1mg Iron daily, 2mg Pottasium weekly and 1mg of Comprehensive weekly. The root tabs I use are added monthly as recommended.
2 Amazon Swords
Small bunch of Cabomba (not sure about the spelling)
2 Java Fern
6 small dwarf Sag
Bit of Java Moss.
Substrate is sand
11 Rummy nose
3 Panda Corys
2 Endler Guppys
Once daily, small pinch of micro Hikari pellets which gets eaten.
A few small catfish pellets for the Corys, which gets eaten.
Every few days a small pinch of Tetra Pro.
I alternate the pellets with with frozen Bloodworm and Daphnia.
Every 3 days I drop in an Algae wafer.
Single tube F8 'Dayglow' bulb 15watts.
I was running for 9hrs until the black hair algae appeared, so cut it down to 7hrs for the last 3 weeks. BHA keeps coming at me!
What do you think I'm doing wrong?