My plants just look dingy with discoloration which I might guess is algae?
I am running CO2, my lights are on for 4 hours in the morning then off for 4 hours then on for another 8 hours.
It's a 7ft tank running 2 48" T5HO lights that overlap in the center. There is an acrylic brace in the center so that cuts the light in the center.
What if anything can I do? I have (cant remember the name) tons of snails in there to help clean that can't breed in fresh water and I have placed shrimp and the shrimp just disappear and/or get eaten by what I am guessing are my YoYo Loaches.
Any other info needed let me know.
As a side note.....snail eggs suck. Plants are covered in them lol.
In my 25g low light, low-tech, moderately planted tank, 3 oto's took care of slightly "dirty" leaves within 48 hours. Not sure how many "lots of otos" is (ty mistergreen, I'm actually curious about recommended oto populations), but if it really is diatom algae, oto's will fix your problem. They're small enough to hop around from leaf to leaf, and are honestly the favorite fish in my tanks
Also, I don't think that 6500 vs. 10k will make much of a difference in plant or algae growth. They're both in a good plant growth range, so the only real difference I think you'll notice is how things look.