I have 4 questions, the bigest of which pertains to algae. My tank is 35 gallons and I have cO2 injection.
1. I have algae (I'm not sure what it is. It looks like a brown "fog" growing around dead leaves and the riccia on the bottom of the tank. It comes off fairly easily but it gets everywhere.) I tried to take a pic but it doesn't really show) and want to treat it with excel. I have read for days now and have not come to a conclusion. Use excel flourish or not? I have read both things on this forum and elsewhere. My ph is right at 7.0, nitrates and nitrites are good, hardness varies from 7-10 (over a period of 2 weeks). CO2 is between 20-25 ppm. (at least it is using the kh/ph table, which i have heard some positive and negative reviews about). I have 1 15 watt plant light from home depot, and 50/50 (.03 actinic/10,000K t-5s) and 2 6000k t-5s. I was dosing w/Flourish every 3 days and then algae came, I thought it was because of Flourish but I have been reading about people putting more in to actually kill the algae. So what is ultimately the best solution? Dosing or not?
2. Is it ok to use "had a snail" to get rid of the snails in a planted tank? It is mostly copper.
3. Should I be using "Prime" to remove all the chemicals out of the water when I do water changes?
4. I don't have a filter on the tank, I have a carbod dioxide reactor that gives a little but not much current. Should I be using a filter? The plants are growing like crazy, but the algae is too!