Hello everyone. I know this is my first post and im already with a problem but I am very new to the planted tank world. Anyways Hopefully you guys and gals can help me
29 Gallon Top Fin Tank with Hood, with heater, and Top Fin 30 Filter (Upgrading the filter with Marineland Emperor 400 Pro Series tomorrow)
Sand: Cant remember I thought it was 10lbs of Top Fin. Ill find out for ya.
Lights= Finnex 24/7 Planted+ and Aqueon® Floramax T8 Fluorescent Aquarium Lamp (in the hood).
I use the 24/7 automatic setting on the Finnex unit and on my Flormax T8 I have a timer set to only turn on from 11AM to 5PM.
Plants: Dwarf Hair Grass, Spathiphyllum, Dracaena, Amazon Sword? May replace all with Amazon Sword.
Decor: Fake Drift wood in tank (Main Piece)
Chemicals: Flourish Potassium, Flourish Iron, Flourish Seachem. API Stress Zyme+, API Stress Coat+ (Tomorrow I will have Fluval CO2 88 unit.)
Food: MarineLand Algae Wafers with Zucchini. Aqueon Shrimp Pellets.
Fish: (2) Albino Cory. Getting more waiting for prices to go down. Ill be doing a build??? (sorry car guy) thread here as well. So I can talk more about that there.
Adding Tomorrow: Hydor Koralia Nano 425
Issue: I am getting this white looking powder substance on my plants as well as my wood decor. I cant tell if its on my sand because well its white lol. I have noticed that some areas are a little stringy. My first thought is White Algae but like I said I have no idea. Any ideas and what I can do to get rid of, as well as keep this from happening?
Test Strip results.
Nitrate(No3):1 Safe Maybe 5
Nitrate (No2): Safe (0)
Total Hardness: Very Hard (300)
Total Chroline: Safe (0)
Total Alkalinity: Ideal (135-140)
PH: Alkaline (7.8-8.4)