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I known its been discussed a million times but wanted to ask whether the algae in the pictures is staghorn algae.

I have been starving my livestock which includes 6 Amano shrimps (now in day 3) but they dont see to care much about the algae. Do I persist. Another option is to start dosing Flourish Excel.

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Greetings to the group!

I known its been discussed a million times but wanted to ask whether the algae in the pictures is staghorn algae.

I have been starving my livestock which includes 6 Amano shrimps (now in day 3) but they dont see to care much about the algae. Do I persist. Another option is to start dosing Flourish Excel.
Greetings George! May be Staghorn or some sort of Beard/Brush algae.

I would suggest the following...
1) Patience - if this is a new tank, it goes through initial cycles, not just N but also different sorts of algae. They come and fortunately, mostly go as well.
2) Plant Mass. Judging from the partial tank shots you could use some more fast growers. You may be going for a minimalist scape, that's fine, but initially cramming the tank with some healthy growing plants helps to speed up the cycles mentioned above.
3) Balance - not much info given, but make sure light on one side is balanced out by good plant nutrition (incl CO2) on the other side.
4) Testing - at least initially, getting some readings of N and P can help to understand why things are not going the right way.

Hope that gets you some ideas and stuff for trying out.
 

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Hey!

Many thanks for the feedback and wisdom!
Sharing some more information below.

The aquarium was setup early May this year so its 3 months old.

In terms of scape I am sharing the pics below.
I am also sharing a pic of the algae dipped in alcohol. Small portion turned red but biggest part remained green.

Some measurements
10Gal Nano tank
Ph 8.2
No2 and Ammonia are Nill
Nitrate is 12.5 mg/l

Its low tech, no Co2 injection.
Fluval C2 filter
Blau substrate
Blau light. On for 12 hours at medium setting per MDs videos.

Livestock
10 adult cherry shrimp
50+ juveniles
6 Amanos
3 Ottos
8 pigmy corys
10 Red mini rasboras
Various little snails

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Yup, thank you. So, it's a new-ish tank (see my #1) perhaps a bit sparse on plant mass (#2), I would recommend getting some fast(er) growers in there.
It is looking good, but there is always a risk of a downturn if things are not in balance (#3). Note that not all plants will grow successfully without CO2 in harder waters (high pH is an indication). That's not a big problem, instead of demanding plants like hairgrass you can switch to others like Marsilea or Lilaeopsis and see what grows.
Problems (more algae) WILL appear if/when nutrients run out and there is too much light (not sure from image).

The brown alga is definitely staghorn, look kinda cute if you ask me. I was never able to keep them for long.
 
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