What kind of light fixture do you have, and how long are the lights on? Also, what kind of plants do you have?
I think the advisor would blow up if I entered my data. I'm way overstocked due to all the guppy fry I have in my tank. For some reason, my adult guppies aren't very hungry for fry. You would think that my fish would just devour fry especially since I don't feed every day. However, that isn't the case. I had a small batch of fry born yesterday, and although they are skittish around the bigger fish, none of them have been attacked.I know one thing I don't like about that advisor (Which I know that's all it is). It doesn't take into account your plant stock. It's a cool tool though, maybe just take it with a grain of salt if you have lots of live plants in your tank. Also doesn't take into account things like the use of Fluvals Biomax or Purigen by Seachem.
1x T8 6700K 20W. 7-8h.What kind of light fixture do you have, and how long are the lights on? Also, what kind of plants do you have?
5 monts.How long has your tank been set up?
You're probably right. But I had a big brown and hair algae problem even without any fishes.Couple things (just my opinions),
I use Purigen and Matrix. Nitrate levels are the same.Also doesn't take into account things like the use of Fluvals Biomax or Purigen by Seachem.
1. 1x T8 6700K 20W. 7-8h.Tell us about your lights.
What are you using for substrate?
Are you using a filter if so what kind (how big)?
How often do your clean your filter?
Without those ferts my plants suffers (holes on the anubias, yellow leafs on crypts). I didn't dose anything for 2-3 week with no effect on algae...low flow, an excess of bottled fertilizers, and unprocessed organic waste by the plants are mostly to blame.
This will probably go against what other people say, but I would Definitely get a different light. At 18" a single bulb is just not enough light for your plants to grow and compete with algae and remove nutrients from the water (giving you the high nitrates). Too low light can cause algae just as well as high light can. Also, I don't know if this is actually a thing or not but it seems like my tanks with 6700k bulbs grow algae more than those with different spectrums (sadly my other bulb doesn't tell what spectrum it is). So yes, get the Current Satellite + light (also because it's a really cool gadget) and see if that helps. It will definitely make your plants grow better!If I'll install Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED+ Fixture (28 PAR for 18' tank), it will be much better that T8 20W bulb?
Plants will take much more nitrates?
Planted tanks low tech and high are about balance, and something's a bit out of whack here. I would suggest a rockn maintenance crew. You have Coridora , I would recommend a Pleco. Rubber lip is a good small additive. A few Otocinulas if the tank is well established. Snails; mystery snails and trumpet. All these would aid in cleaning decaying organic matter, and eating some algae's.Hi,
My low tech tank suffers from algae. It's very low light (0.7W/g).
1. Brown algae on Java Moss (not too much as before).
2. Green Spot Algae
3. Blue-Green Alagae
4. This one I don't know exactly, I attached some pics, help me identify it please:
Nitrates are hard to read, maybe 30-40 or 20 if a change the angle or light (I attached a pic of last test). Nitrates in tap water are very low.
Phosphates - no idea.
Light 0.7w/g for 7-8h.
Oxygen, no idea, but I have two HOB Fluval C3 (150GPH each). At night my Platy go to water surface, it's normal or at night plants take all the oxygen?
API Leaf Zone (I dose 1/3 or 5ML each week).
Excel (I dose 2-2.5ml every day (but the problem was before I start to do this)).
Flourish Comprehensive (1-2ml weakly, this is half of the normal dose).
Root tabs, without it my crypts don't feel well.
I'm not heavenly overstocked, my fished are small:
I change 20-25% of water at week.
Any idea what can be the reason? And how to deal with that?
While I agree that adding some cleaner shrimp such as Amano's and possibly even Cherry shrimp will help battle the Algae, I have to disagree with the bamboo shrimp and the idea of a pleco (ottos are good though).Planted tanks low tech and high are about balance, and something's a bit out of whack here. I would suggest a rockn maintenance crew. You have Coridora , I would recommend a Pleco. Rubber lip is a good small additive. A few Otocinulas if the tank is well established. Snails; mystery snails and trumpet. All these would aid in cleaning decaying organic matter, and eating some algae's.
With all these algae's the system is unbalanced. 1st comes to mind is unstable carbon dioxide levels coupled with lighting issues. This is where I would start trouble shooting. It could be other deficiencies but this is where I would start.
High levels of nitrates in a planted tank tells me photosynthesis is not optimal. We all know plants eat nitrates. So, my mind reverts back to lighting.
How old is your bulb? If it's more than 10 months old perhaps consider replacing it. I recommend a bulb in the 6,500-7K. A single T8 in a 29 gallon? I would consider doubling that!
This will kick the photosynthesis into gear, and may take care of some, if not most of the nitrate issues. I'll bet at that time these weird algae's will begin to go away.
I believe the algae in question is called STAGHORN. All algae's on your list point to unstable CO2, and issues with lighting.
Isn't that the truth:fish:...Patience is a virtue and in the world of planted aquariums, the only virtue.