Tank, Lighting, and Filtration
Do!Aqua 60P (Approx: 16 gallons)
Rena Filstar XP2 (with Purigen, Filter Pads and Ceramic Cylinders for Bio)
2x18watt T8 bulbs on for 8 hours a day and mounted about 6 inches above the water. To be honest though I bought this light fixture in Japan at my LFS (I live in Japan right now) so I'm not exactly sure if it's really a T8. The diameter of the bulb in there now is 28 mm which is 1.1 inches. My understanding is that a T8 bulb should be 1 inch in diameter. This website (in english) has the bulb I'm using in case anyone knows what it is:
The bulb is the NEC FL20 SSEX-D/18-HG
No CO2 is being used as of right now (no excel either).
Temp: 78 Degrees
10 Cardinal Tetra
2 German Blue Rams
3 Oto Cats
2 Amano Shrimp
1 Siamese Algae Eater
(H.E.L.P. Advanced Soil Substrate)
The tank has been setup for over a month now and I'm starting see some algae growing on the anubias. I pushed flourish tabs into the substrate around the crypts and then once a week dose with Flourish (probably underdosing quite a bit as I was nervous about algae). I wanted to see if anyone could identify what kind of algae it is and what I might be able to do about it. I know having 0 nitrates might be an issue but not sure what to do about it. I feel like the tank is well stocked with fish and should have some nitrates.
Here is a picture of the anubias, some pictures of the overall setup, and a close up of two different rocks with algae starting to grow.
Does anyone know what kind of algae is in these pictures? Is it more than one kind? The stuff on the first rock picture looks a bit different (maybe blue green?). I have a bottle of excel but haven't used it yet. Should I start dosing excel and would that hurt any of my plants?
Sorry for all the questions. This is my first planted tank so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!