I put this here because I don't think it really fitted anywhere else as it has mixed subjects.
So, in my 47gal planted, I've been having a few problems. Fish and inverts are 5 Common hatchets (Soon going up to 8!), 3 Sterba's corys, 1 BN pleco, 4 female Platys, 6 Cherry barbs, and in a few months a pair of Blue rams. I also have a trio of Zebra nerites, 6 Amano shrimp (Soon to make a move to a RCS breeder) and I'm getting some MTS snails ASAP. Black sand substrate on top with a layer or Tropica plant substrate underneath. 4x30W T8's, 3 armed with Arcadia reflectors. I calculate that should equal about 165W of light. I have a DIY no-leak CO2 system as well. Plants are Cabomba, Ambulia, Rottalla wallichii, Crypt becketii petchii, Crypt wendtii 'tropica', Echindorus 'red diamond', Alternanthera reineckii 'Rosefolia', Stargrass, Hygrophila polysperma 'rosanervig', Ludwigia inclinata var. 'Cuba' and Java moss. I'm soon getting something for the foreground as well.
Well, a few weeks back we went away to see a relative for a week. I come back, to find my Ambulia, Java moss, Stargrass, Alternanthera, Wendtii crypt, and various leaves of other plants covered in Black beard algae. Well, half the plants smuthered by it were dead - so they where binned. No use for a dead plant apart from the compost heap! I know it's caused by low CO2, which leads to the second part of the problem. My mum is going crazy about using caster sugar for it - does caster work? It doesn't seem to.
I'm also starting to get a few strands of hair algae. Right now, I remove it manually as soon as I see it - but is there a 'real' way?
Oh, and another questions. Which foreground plant do you think would be best - Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' or Utricularia graminifolia? Links for articles on both: http://www.tropica.com/article.asp?t...aristic&id=731
. Just wanted an opinion.
I dose API Leaf Zone (Best thing available round here) every week - what would be an ideal dosing shedual?
Oh, and how do I make Cabomba flower? I don't want a red plant where it is, is it possible to make it flower without it going red? Same Q for ambulia.
Thanks so much for your time! I'm not new to fish - I have MTS and all, but new to plants.